Fylde MP meets cancer campaigners

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FYLDE MP Mark Menzies has met local campaigners in Parliament to find out more about Cancer Research UK’s bid to help more people survive the disease.

He met with Fylde residents Alexander Whittam and Clive Barley to find out about the charity’s plan that within 20 years three in four of all cancer patients will survive at least ten years.

Following the meeting, Mr Menzies said: “It was a pleasure to see Alexander and Clive again and listen to their stories. I want to do what I can to help them battle this terrible disease.”

There have been major advances in the fight against cancer over the last 40 years. Two in four people diagnosed with cancer today in the UK will survive the disease for at least ten years, compared to just one in four in the early 1970s.

In the North West, this means that around 19,000 people each year can now expect to live for at least ten years after diagnosis.

Clive and Alexander joined more than 100 Ambassadors who visited Westminster to meet MPs and highlight the importance of parliamentary support to accelerate progress in the fight against cancer.

Alexander said: “It was fantastic to see Mark and discuss my reasons for becoming a Cancer Research UK Campaigns Ambassador and why early diagnosis matters to me personally.

“Cancer Research UK is making huge progress but we need the help and support of MPs like Mark to help more cancer patients survive.”

Clive added: “I feel passionate about supporting Cancer Research UK’s work. So many people are diagnosed with cancer and it’s vital that we do all we can to help save more lives.”

Mr Menzies said: “The charity’s pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer is helping to save millions of lives. It’s vital that we continue to support their work and do everything we can to help beat cancer sooner.”

For more information on how to get involved in Cancer Research UK’s campaigning work, visit cruk.org/campaigns

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