Ilford South MP, Mike Gapes, has pledged his support to help Cancer Research UK save more lives in his constituency and across the UK.
Mike attended a parliamentary event held by the charity in Westminster last week (8 July) to speak to Cancer Research UK about how MPs can help keep cancer at the top of the new parliament’s agenda.
With one in two people now set to be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives, the charity says the political drive to beat the disease must keep pace with the progress in research.
UK cancer survival rates are still lagging behind other countries and too many cancers are diagnosed at an advanced stage, when they are harder to treat successfully.
At the event, Mike met some of Cancer Research UK’s dedicated volunteer Campaign Ambassadors and received local cancer statistics for Ilford South, which underline the need for MPs to join the fight against the disease.
Mike Gapes said:
“We must not underestimate the devastating impact cancer will have on people in Ilford South now and in the future, so it gives me hope to hear that Cancer Research UK’s pioneering research is turning the tables on the disease.
“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 detect cancer earlier and bring innovative new treatments to patients faster.
“One 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.”
Layla Theiner, Cancer Research UK’s Head of Public Affairs and Campaigning said:
“Without increased political support we could see the death toll from cancer rising in the UK and so we’re grateful to Mike Gapes MP for helping to highlight the power of research in beating the disease.