Maria Miller MP Unites with Cancer Research UK for World Cancer Day

Basingstoke MP Maria Miller showed her unity with cancer patients, NHS staff and researchers at a Westminster event for World Cancer Day.

Every year, around 1,200 new cancer cases are diagnosed in the NHS North Hampshire CCG area. Though survival has doubled in the last 40 years in the UK, there is still much more work to do.

The Basingstoke MP met with campaigners from Cancer Research UK to learn about the charity’s latest research and show her support for all those working to ensure more people survive their cancer.

Maria said: “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’d urge people in Basingstoke 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.

Health services are already struggling to cope with around 363,000 new cancer cases across the UK a year. This is estimated to grow by around 40%

Shaun Walsh, Head of Public Affairs and Campaigning at Cancer Research UK, said: “A big thank you to Maria Miller for joining us to raise awareness on World Cancer Day. One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with the disease at some point in their lifetime, so we need as many people as possible to stand shoulder to shoulder with our doctors, scientists and nurses on the frontline against cancer.”

“The Government’s upcoming plan for NHS staffing is vital for the years ahead if we are to achieve a truly world-leading service.”