Wimbledon MP Stephen Hammond MP holds an arrow with the words ‘LET’S GET TO 3 IN 4 WHO SURVIVE’. This represents Cancer Research UK’s ambition to boost the number of people surviving cancer from two in four today, moving to three in four within the next 20 years.
Wimbledon MP Stephen Hammond joined Cancer Research UK scientists in Westminster to find out more about the charity’s inspiring new plan to accelerate progress and help save more lives in London.
Stephen was there to find out the part he could play in helping to achieve Cancer Research UK’s ambition that within 20years three in four of all cancer patients diagnosed will survive at least ten years.
He had the opportunity to participate in interactive experiments with cancer researchers, learning about the biology of cancer and cutting-edge work to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.
There have been major advances in the fight against cancer over the last 40 years and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress.
Two in four people diagnosed with cancer today in the UK will survive their disease for at least ten years, compared to just one in four in the early 1970s.
In London, this means that around 14,000* people each year can now expect to survive the disease for at least ten years.
But despite the successes, Cancer Research UK believes much more can be done to help more people in London and across the UK beat cancer sooner.
Stephen found out about what the Government can do to improve early diagnosis and ensure that all patients get the best treatment possible.
Stephen said: “The good news is that there have been significant steps forward for cancer patients. More people are surviving the disease and living longer and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of this progress.
“But there is more to be done to help people beat cancer. I wholeheartedly support Cancer Research UK’s aim to improve survival through the earlier diagnosis of cancer and greater access to the best treatment possible.”
Sara Osborne, Head of Policy at Cancer Research UK said: “It’s great to have Stephen Hammond’s support to highlight the vital role MPs and their constituents can play in helping to tackle all cancers.
“We must not underestimate the devastating impact that cancer has on the lives of those with a cancer diagnosis and their families.
“As more people are diagnosed with the disease, it’s essential that we speed up our progress. We know that early diagnosis and access to the best possible treatments saves lives. We need the public and MPs to get behind us and help make our ambition possible. In the next two decades we can, and will, transform the outlook for cancer patients.”
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Notes to Editors
*There are around 29,000 people diagnosed with cancer in the London region each year. Using predicted 10 year survival data for England and Wales for patients diagnosed in 2010 we estimate that 14,479 people will survive their cancer for at least 10 years.
About Cancer Research UK
- Cancer Research UK’s pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives.
- Cancer Research UK receives no government funding for its life-saving research. Every step it makes towards beating cancer relies on every pound donated.
- Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of the progress that has already seen survival rates in the UK double in the last forty years.
- Today, two in four people survive cancer. Cancer Research UK’s ambition is to accelerate progress so that three in four people will survive cancer within the next 20 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.