MP supports World Cancer Day

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06 Feb 2019
Wirral West MP Margaret Greenwood has attended an event in Parliament to pledge her support to World Cancer Day 2019 which took place on 6 February.

Statistics from the NHS show that there are around 2,200 cancer cases and around 1,000 cancer deaths each year in Wirral.

According to Cancer Research UK, almost four in 10 cancer cases in England could be prevented. Smoking is the largest preventable cause of cancer in the England – in Wirral 15.7% of adults currently smoke.

Cancer Research UK also states that bowel screening is one of the best ways to diagnose bowel cancer earlier, but uptake is low. Currently in England, men and women, aged 60 to 74, are invited for bowel cancer screening and are sent a screening test every two years in the post. Only 58.2% of people in Wirral take part in bowel cancer screening compared to 59% nationally, and Cancer Research UK wants the figure to be at 75%.

Margaret Greenwood said:

“I was pleased to be able to attend this important event in Parliament to mark this year’s World Cancer Day.

“This is a day for us all to unite in the fight against cancer, raise awareness and show our support for everyone affected by cancer and the scientists, doctors and nurses working together to beat over 200 cancer types.

“Early diagnosis is vitally important as it can give patients more effective treatment options, improving their chance of survival.

“I would urge people who are eligible for screening to take up this opportunity.”

In 2017/18, Cancer Research UK spent over £27million on research in the North West, while in 2017, 36,236 people took part in Cancer Research UK events in the region.

You can contact Cancer Research UK on 0300 123 1022 for general enquiries or 0808 800 4040 for cancer related questions. Alternatively, you can visit the organisation’s website – – if you would like to know more about its work.