I am supporting Bowel Cancer UK’s campaign #thisisbowelcancer, to shine a light on the varied and many people affected by bowel cancer as part of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month this April.
Every 15 minutes in the UK somebody is diagnosed with bowel cancer. Young, old, female or male – it affects us all. Around 268,000 people living in the UK today have been diagnosed with bowel cancer. But it doesn’t just impact the person diagnosed. It affects families, friends and colleagues, doctors and nurses, scientists and researchers. That’s millions of people right across the UK.
Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK, with almost 42,000 people diagnosed annually. More than 16,000 people die each year of the disease making it the UK’s second biggest cancer killer, but it shouldn’t be as bowel cancer is treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early.
I am working with Bowel Cancer UK to improve early diagnosis and access to best treatment and care both in Delyn and nationally. By bringing people together Bowel Cancer UK will create a future where nobody dies of the disease. Read more “Bowel Cancer UK Awareness Month”
I joined with Cancer Research UK to discuss the impact of cancer on people’s lives and how we can redouble our efforts to find ways to tackle it head on.
At the event in Parliament, I met with the local Cancer Ambassador for the City of Chester, Chinwe Enyinna, who was able to discuss how cancer impacts on Wales and how MPs can take action.
Figures show that 1 in 2 people will get cancer in their lifetime. Rising referrals and a growing population will increase pressure on cancer services. To achieve world-class outcomes for patients, the UK Government must tackle preventable risk factors and address shortages in the cancer workforce.
Around 4 in 10 cancer cases in Wales could be prevented. Smoking is the largest preventable cause of cancer in Wales. Overweight and obesity is Wales’s second largest preventable cause of cancer. Obese children are around five times more likely to be obese adults and without proper action this will lead to a growing risk of cancer.
David Hanson was told about local statistics for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and discovered that 53.3% of people aged 60-74 take part in bowel cancer screening. This is higher than the Wales average and is something we should build upon.
88.3% of patients in our health board area receive their first definitive cancer treatment within 62 days of an urgent GP referral. This is below the national target of 95% but above the average for Wales.
98.5% of patients in our health board area receive their first cancer treatment within 31 days of a decision to treat. This is above the national average for Wales and above the target set by the Health Minister.
The picture is mixed in our area on how well we are performing in treating cancers. I was pleased to hear that we are above the target, and national average for Wales, on the percentage of patients who receive their first treatment within 31 days of a decision to treat. But we need to redouble our efforts to increase the number of people taking the bowel cancer screening tests and the number of people who receive definitive cancer treatment within 62 days of an urgent GP referral.
Each and every one of us has had our lives touched by cancer. Be it a diagnosis of cancer for ourselves, a family member or a friend. We can, and must, do better to help those with this horrible disease.
Working with organisations, such as Cancer Research UK, is vital to ensure that we get national policies right.
I have joined Pancreatic Cancer UK in Parliament today (31 October 2018) to pledge my support for their campaign to ensure those diagnosed with pancreatic cancer receive treatment within 20 days by 2024.
To mark this year’s Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, Pancreatic Cancer UK are launching the Demand Faster Treatment campaign calling on the UK Government to set an ambition to treat people quicker.
Figures released at the outreach session demonstrated the challenge facing clinicians in helping to save more people’s lives. In North Wales there were 142 diagnoses of pancreatic cancer in 2015. Sadly, there were 102 deaths in the same year demonstrating that if pancreatic cancer is not treated quickly enough the mortality rate remains high. This means that for every 100,000 people 18.5 will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and 13.3 will die. Read more “Pancreatic Cancer UK – supporting the 20 day treatment goal”
I have attended the annual Macmillan Cancer Research coffee morning in Parliament to lend my support for their campaigning and research aims.
The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event. People all over the UK host their own coffee mornings and donations on the day are made to Macmillan. Every donation helps the charity in their campaign against cancer. This year they hope to raise over £27 million again this year, to help everyone living with cancer to live life as fully as they can.
The first ever Coffee Morning happened back in 1990. It was a small affair with a simple idea: guests would gather over coffee and donate the cost of their cuppa to Macmillan in the process. It was so effective, Macmillan did it again the next year – only this time nationally. Since then, Coffee Morning has raised over £200 million for Macmillan. Read more “Macmillan Coffee Morning in Parliament”