Robert Buckland MP will show his support for World Cancer Day 2017 at an event held in the House of Commons today.
At the event, Cancer Research UK will be uniting with five other leading UK cancer charities. MPs will have the chance to hear from those affected by cancer and see how UK charities are working together to accelerate the progress in the fight against cancer.
World Cancer Day takes place every year on 4th February and unites the world’s population in the fight against cancer.
It aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about the disease.
Currently, 8.2 million people die from cancer worldwide every year, out of which, 4 million people die prematurely (aged 30 to 69 years) World Cancer Day is the ideal opportunity to spread the word and raise the profile of cancer in people’s minds and in the world’s media.
Robert commented: ‘’ Few families have not been touched by cancer, and mine is no exception, which is why I am pleased to support World Cancer Day.
‘’The Government is committed to improving cancer outcomes throughout the UK and recognises that investing in research is vital in order to increase survival rates. The UK is a world leader in health research and I am pleased that the science budget of £4.7 billion will be protected in real terms in this Parliament.
‘’I welcome the ambitious plans already set out to invest £6.9 billion in the UK's scientific infrastructure up to 2021 which will mean new equipment, new laboratories and new research institutes.’’
You can find out more about World Cancer Day and pledge your support by visiting http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/support-us/donate/world-cancer-day