Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, has backed an appeal from Cancer Research UK to save the lives of more cancer patients.
Mr David was attending a Cancer Research UK event in the Houses of Parliament that was organised to mark World Cancer Day. The event was organised as Cancer Research UK revealed that one in two people are likely to be diagnosed with the disease at some point in their lives.
In hosting the event, Cancer Research UK wanted to highlight the urgent need to bolster public health and cancer services so they can cope with a growing and ageing population and the looming demands for better diagnostics, treatments, and earlier diagnosis.
Cancer Research UK says that support for public awareness campaigns, increasing screening uptake and ensuring equal access to innovative evidence-based treatments are key to saving more lives.
After attending the event Wayne David said, “There has been some real progress made in the fight against cancer in recent years. However, as the current Cancer Research campaign rightly highlights, there is still a long way to go to ensure we are diagnosing it earlier, treating it more effectively and preventing it in the first place.
“With the latest figures showing that 3,385 people in the Caerphilly area are diagnosed with cancer every year, it is vital that we do everything we can to help detect cancer earlier”.
These figures, which are published by Cancer Research UK, show that the annual average number of cases of cancer for the Aneurin Bevan Health Board between 2010 and 2012 was 3,385. This is based on statistics obtained from Public Health Wales, Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit Incidence