Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly has pledged his support to a Cancer Research UK campaign to help save lives in his constituency.
Mr David attended a Cancer Research UK event at the House of Commons, which aims to ensure that the fight against cancer remains at the top of the political agenda.
One in two people are now set to be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives. Although survival rates in the UK have doubled over the last 40 years, they are still lagging behind other countries. Too many cancers are also diagnosed when they are at an advanced stage, which makes them harder to treat successfully.
Speaking after the event, Wayne David said, “With the latest figures showing that 3,500 people in the Caerphilly area are diagnosed with cancer every year, we must not underestimate the devastating impact the disease will have 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, more must be done to ensure that we are detecting cancer earlier and new and innovative treatments are brought to patients faster.
“One life lost to this terrible disease is one too many and that is why I am supporting Cancer Research UK in their mission to beat cancer sooner.”
According to Cancer Research UK the annual average number of cases of cancer for the Aneurin Bevan Health Board between 2011 and 2013 was 3,500. This is based on figures obtained from Public Health Wales, Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit Incidence.