Alex Cunningham is backing Cancer Research UK’s We Will Beat Cancer Sooner campaign to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured, and is urging others to do the same.
The Stockton North Labour MP reaffirmed his support when he met with representatives of the charity recently to find out what he can do to help beat cancer sooner across the Stockton Borough and wider Tees Valley.
Thanks to research, survival rates in the UK have doubled in the last 40 years. But despite this success, Cancer Research UK says there is still much more to do to ensure UK survival rates are equal to the best in Europe.
As more people are diagnosed with cancer each year, the charity wants to accelerate progress to improve cancer outcomes. The earlier patients can be diagnosed and access the innovative treatments they need, the more lives will be saved.
Today, two in four people survive cancer, and Alex is encouraging people in Stockton North and the Tees Valley to help make it three in four within the next twenty years by supporting Cancer Research UK in any way they can – whether through making a regular donation, taking goods to their local shop, returning their Race for Life sponsorship money or signing up to March on Cancer this October.
“I was inspired to find out what I can do to help beat this devastating disease and help the people in my Stockton North constituency and across the wider Stockton Borough.
“More cancer patients are surviving than ever before, but with more and more people being diagnosed, there is an urgent need to accelerate research. I want to do everything I can to ensure cancer is detected earlier and that brilliant research can be translated into treatments for patients faster.
“That’s why I’m backing Cancer Research UK’s We Will Beat Cancer Sooner campaign, and I hope local people will do likewise and show their support by helping to raise even more vital funds.”