Caroline Flint pledged her support to help Cancer Research UK save more lives in Don Valley and across the UK.
Caroline met some of Cancer Research UK’s Campaign Ambassadors in Parliament to discuss how she can help to keep cancer at the top of the new Parliament’s agenda.
Photo shows Caroline with Cancer Research Campaign Ambassador Chris Tasker.
Said Caroline: “Sadly, 900 people die of cancer each year in Doncaster and 1,800 people are diagnosed with cancer. No one should underestimate the devastating impact cancer will have on families in my constituency and across Doncaster. So it gives me hope to hear that Cancer Research UK’s pioneering research is turning the tables on the disease.
“Over the course of this Parliament, two million people will be diagnosed with cancer across the UK, so Cancer Research UK needs political support in order to continue to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.
“Cancer survival in the UK is still lagging behind other countries and too many cancers are diagnosed at an advanced stage, when they are harder to treat successfully.
“The outlook for new and better cancer treatments in the UK is bright. However, it is clear that there is a critical role for politicians to play in helping to prevent and detect cancer earlier and bring innovative new treatments to patients faster.
“Every life lost to this terrible disease is one too many and that’s why I’m supporting Cancer Research UK in their mission to beat cancer sooner.”
Matt Davies, Cancer Research UK’s Head of Public Affairs and Campaigning said: “At Cancer Research UK, we’re resolute in our ambition to see 3 in 4 patients surviving cancer by 2034. To achieve this we need cancer at the top of the political agenda and so we’re grateful to Caroline Flint for helping to highlight the importance of research and action in beating the disease.
“Survival in the UK has doubled in the last 40 years. But there’s still so much more to do and we cannot do it alone. Creating the right environment for cancer research alongside cancer prevention, early diagnosis and ensuring patients have access to the best possible treatments must be key priorities for the new Government.”
Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of the progress that has already seen survival in the UK double in the last forty years. Today, 2 in 4 people survive their cancer for at least 10 years. Cancer Research UK’s ambition is to accelerate progress so that by 2034, 3 in 4 people will survive their cancer for at least 10 years. Cancer Research UK supports research into all aspects of cancer through the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses. Together with its partners and supporters, Cancer Research UK's vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.