Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith got on board with the campaign to diagnose cancer recently as Cancer Research UK’s Cancer Awareness roadshow made a special stop at Parliament.
The roadshow team travels the country helping the public recognise possible signs and symptoms of cancer and talking to people about the lifestyle changes they can make to reduce their cancer risk. Jeff met with the charity’s roadshow nurses and campaigners to learn more about how cancer affects people in Manchester Withington.
Speaking about the event, Jeff said:
“Around 2,000 people in Manchester are diagnosed with cancer every year.
Early detection saves lives, so it was great to meet the roadshow team at Cancer Research UK and learn more about spotting cancer early, as well as the vital work being done to beat the disease.
Events like this are important reminders we can all play a part in the fight against cancer, whether it be researchers, campaigners or the tireless fundraisers across Manchester Withington who are helping to support life-saving research.”
Shaun Walsh, Head of Public Affairs and Campaigning at Cancer Research UK, said:
“A big thank you to Jeff for coming along today and taking the time to learn about the challenges facing cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment today.
The new Prime Minister and cabinet need to ensure that improving survival from cancer in the UK is at the top end of their to do list. Put simply, we do not have enough key NHS cancer staff in post to diagnose and treat cancer soon enough. Cancer survival rates are lower in the UK than in comparable countries. The new Government must address this, so that everyone has the best possible chance of surviving this devasting disease.”