Glyn Davies, Conservative MP for Montgomeryshire, is backing an appeal from Cancer Research UK to save the lives of more cancer patients, as news comes that one in two people will be diagnosed with the disease at some point in their lives.
Glyn attended a parliamentary event held by Cancer Research UK to mark World Cancer Day on February 4th, and encourage MPs to support the charity’s Cross Cancer Out campaign. In the run up to the General Election, Cancer Research UK is calling on Westminster candidates to back measures as part of its Cross Cancer Out campaign, to ensure cancer patients receive the best treatment and are diagnosed early enough for that treatment to make a difference.
The figure that one in two people will be diagnosed with cancer at some point highlights the urgent need to bolster public health and cancer services so they can cope with a growing and ageing population, and the looming demands for better diagnostics, treatments, and earlier diagnosis.
Speaking after the event, Glyn Davies MP said:
“Currently, UK cancer survival rates are still lagging behind the best in Europe, and too many cancers are diagnosed at an advanced stage, when they are harder to treat successfully.
“We cannot underestimate the devastating impact that cancer will have on people in Montgomeryshire and across the UK now and in the future. Charities and organisations such as Cancer Research UK are making huge advances in the battle against the disease, but with two people diagnosed with cancer every hour in Wales – and with this number set to rise – it’s vital that we detect cancer earlier across the UK.
“I’m backing the Cross Cancer Out campaign, because it’s clear that MPs have a crucial role to play in helping to beat cancer soon. The political drive to beat the disease must match the pace of progress in research.”