James Brokenshire gave his support to those affected by cancer and the NHS staff who care for them at a special Westminster event for World Cancer Day.
James met with Cancer Research UK to learn about the charity’s latest research and show his support for all those working to ensure more people survive cancer.
Every year, around 1,300 people in Bexley are diagnosed with cancer and in the UK 1 in 2 people will be diagnosed with the disease at some point in their lifetime.
World Cancer Day is an opportunity for people, organisations and countries to work together, raise awareness and take action to beat cancer.
Early diagnosis is a vital part of ensuring more people survive cancer. The Government has made a commitment to diagnose 75% of cancer cases in England at stage one or stage two by 2028.
Commenting on World Cancer Day, James said:
“World Cancer Day helps to raise awareness of the scale of the challenge and the role we can all play in the fight against the disease. Having had surgery for lung cancer last year this issue is one that I take close to heart.”
“Since then I have had numerous meetings with Cancer Research UK, NHS England, Government Ministers, leading clinicians and others to advance the message of early diagnosis and treatment. I recognise the huge contribution made by Cancer Research UK in driving forward progress in this field.”
“The Government is committed to improving cancer prevention, diagnosis and outcomes throughout the UK, and Ministers recognise that investing in research and early diagnosis is vital in order to increase survival rates. I am encouraged that UK cancer survival rates have never been higher - especially given my own treatment for lung cancer earlier this year, however, there is still more to be done.”