Gerald Jones, MP for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, joined with cancer patients, NHS staff and researchers at an event in Parliament for World Cancer Day.
Every year, around 1,800 cancer cases are diagnosed in the Cwm Taf Health Board Area, while around 3,500 cancer cases are diagnosed in the Aneurin Bevan Health Board Area each year. Though survival has doubled in the last 40 years in the UK, there is still much more work to do.
The Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney MP met with campaigners from Cancer Research UK to learn about the charity’s latest research, and show his support for all those working to ensure more people survive their cancer.
“Cancer impacts so many lives directly and indirectly, and all of us will have been touched by cancer in some way or another. Events like this are an important way to realise how we all have a part to play to beat the disease.
“Small actions, such as wearing a Unity Band on World Cancer Day to help raise funds for research, can make a big difference and I urge people to show their support all year round.”
Marked on February 4, World Cancer Day is designed to raise awareness of cancer and to promote its prevention, detection and treatment.
Today, 2 in 4 people survive their cancer for at least 10 years. Cancer Research UK’s ambition is to accelerate progress so that by 2034, 3 in 4 people will survive their cancer for at least a decade.