Local MPs pledge support for better services for cancer survivors

May 7, 2009 3:00 PM
Mark and Andrew

Mark and Andrew pledging support for the 2 million cancer survivors

Cheadle MP Mark Hunter and Hazel Grove MP Andrew Stunell are giving their support to the two million cancer survivors living in the UK.

The MPs promised to campaign for better cancer services at a House of Commons event hosted by Macmillan Cancer Support this week.

The cancer charity is looking to raise awareness of the difficulties cancer patients face in getting their lives back after a life-threatening disease. Many survivors experience emotional problems, side effects such as severe fatigue or memory loss, or find it hard to get back to work, pay the bills or start a family.

Commenting Mr Hunter said: "There are two million people living in the UK today who have had a cancer diagnosis and this number is rising by 3 per cent every year. They will live with the disease or the consequences of their treatment for the rest of their lives. That's why health and social care services need to start doing more to support this growing population and why I'm backing Macmillan's campaign to help the two million cancer survivors in the UK get their lives back."

Mr Stunell added; "One in three people in the UK will at some point get cancer - it's a disease that affects all types of people right across the UK. It's absolutely vital that we have adequate provision for all those being treated for and recovering from cancer. The after-effects of cancer can be very difficult to live with and the Government must do more to support those who've fought to survive cancer but are struggling to return to normal life."

CiarĂ¡n Devane, Macmillan's Chief Executive, spoke at the event which was attended by over 150 MPs, peers, cancer policy makers and charities. Mr Devane said: "Cancer survivors tell Macmillan they feel abandoned after treatment and need more support. We are delighted that so many MPs are committed to working with us to improve the quality of life of people living with or after cancer. Cancer is no longer an automatic death sentence but it shouldn't be a life sentence either."

Macmillan provides help and support for anyone affected by cancer. For more information contact Macmillan's helpline on 0800 500 800 or go to www.macmillan.org.uk .

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