With the recent news that one in two people will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives, Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson is backing an appeal from Cancer Research UK to save the lives of more patients.
The new figure was announced to highlight the urgent need to bolster public health and NHS cancer services so they can cope with a growing and ageing population and the looming demands for better diagnostics, treatments, and earlier diagnosis.
Mr Stephenson attended a Parliamentary event held by Cancer Research UK to mark World Cancer Day and encourage MPs to support their Cross Cancer Out campaign.
In the run-up to the General Election, the charity is calling on candidates to back measures to ensure cancer patients receive the best treatment and are diagnosed early enough for that treatment to make a difference.
UK cancer survival rates are still lagging behind the best in Europe and in England nearly half of all cancers are diagnosed at an advanced stage, when they are harder to treat successfully.
Mr Stephenson said: “We cannot underestimate the devastating impact cancer will have on people in Pendle now and in future. The good news is that Cancer Research UK is making huge advances in the battle against the disease.
“But with more than four people diagnosed with cancer every hour in the North West and this number set to rise, it’s vital we detect cancer earlier across the UK and the NHS is fit to offer all patients the best possible chance of surviving.”