READING EAST MP Matt Rodda has committed his support to help Cancer Research UK save more lives in his constituency and across the UK. Matt attended a parliamentary event held by Cancer Research UK in Westminster recently to find out how he can keep cancer at the top of the new Parliament’s agenda.

Over the course of this Parliament, two million people will be diagnosed with cancer across the UK, so Cancer Research UK needs political support in order to continue to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. Cancer survival in the UK is still lagging behind other countries and too many cancers are diagnosed at an advanced stage, when they are harder to treat successfully.

At the event, Matt met some of Cancer Research UK’s dedicated volunteer Campaign Ambassadors, and found out how just many people in Reading East are diagnosed with cancer each year, underlining the need for MPs to join the fight against the disease.

Matt said:

Cancer has a devastating impact on residents in Reading East now and in the future, so it gives me hope to hear that Cancer Research UK’s pioneering research is turning the tables on the disease.

There are around 380 new cases of cancer in the South Reading CCG which serves my constituency, and 180 deaths annually. One life lost to this terrible disease is one too many – and that’s why I’m supporting Cancer Research UK in their mission to beat cancer sooner.”

Matt Davies, Cancer Research UK’s Head of Public Affairs and Campaigning said:

At Cancer Research UK, we’re resolute in our ambition to see 3 in 4 patients surviving cancer by 2034. To achieve this we need cancer at the top of the political agenda and so we’re grateful to Matt Rodda MP for helping to highlight the importance of research and action in beating the disease.

Survival in the UK has doubled in the last 40 years. But there’s still so much more to do and we cannot do it alone.

Creating the right environment for cancer research alongside cancer prevention, early diagnosis and ensuring patients have access to the best possible treatments must be key priorities for the new Government.”

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