Joan Ryan, Labour parliamentary candidate for Enfield North, is backing an appeal from Cancer Research UK to help save the lives of more people with cancer in the constituency and across the UK.
Joan met staff and volunteers at the charity’s shop in Enfield on Friday 10th April to find out more about how to beat the disease sooner.
Every hour, more than three people are diagnosed with cancer in London*.
With predictions showing the number of people with the disease is set to rise steeply by 2030, Cancer Research UK says determined political action is urgently needed to help more people survive.
So in the run up to the General Election the charity has launched a new campaign – ‘Cross Cancer Out’. Playing on the idea of a ballot paper, it asks election candidates to back a raft of vital measures to ensure cancer patients are diagnosed much earlier and have greater access to the best possible treatments.
It is an appeal Ms Ryan wholeheartedly supports. She said: “While more people in Enfield North will be diagnosed with cancer in the future, there is good news - Cancer Research UK’s work is helping to ensure more men, women and children survive.
“It is people like the dedicated volunteers I met at the Enfield shop, who are enabling the charity’s doctors and scientists to keep making huge advances in the battle against cancer. But the political drive to beat the disease must match the pace of progress in research - that’s why I’m backing the ‘Cross Cancer Out’ campaign to help ensure no-one’s life is cut short by cancer.”
According to Cancer Research UK, UK survival rates are still lagging behind the best in Europe and in England nearly half of all cancers are diagnosed at an advanced stage, when they are harder to treat successfully.
The charity’s local Cancer Campaigns Ambassador, Neil Ranasinghe from Enfield said: “We want everyone with cancer to receive the best treatment and to be diagnosed early enough for that treatment to make a difference. These must be key priorities for the next Government if they are serious about saving more lives.
“Thanks to the generosity of Cancer Research UK supporters, including the local community here in Enfield North, survival rates in the UK have doubled in the last 40 years. But there’s still so much more to do and we can’t do it alone.
“In order to accelerate progress and see more people beating the disease, all political parties must commit to ‘Cross Cancer Out’.”
For more information and ways to get involved in the campaign, visit cruk.org/crosscancerout or join the conversation on twitter #CrossCancerOut.
*Approximation based on annual average figure of around 29,300 cases of all cancers (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer) diagnosed between 2009-2011 in the London Region.