We are delighted to be hosting a parliamentary event in December 2014, hosted by John Baron MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer.
Working with Novartis Oncology we are aiming through this event to raise awareness of rare and less common cancers amongst MPs. 54 per cent [i] of UK cancer deaths are from rare and less common cancers but policy to improve outcomes for patients has focused on the 'big four' - lung, bowel, prostate and breast. We believe there must be parity between rare and less common cancers and the 'big four' and that without this, outcomes for people with these cancers are unlikely to improve.
At the event we are providing MPs with data which illustrates how many people in their local area are affected by rare or less common cancers and introducing MPs to charities and patients within their area.
This event has been funded by, and organised in partnership with Novartis Oncology, UK.
[i] Data taken from Cascade, National Cancer Registration Service, Public Health England, accessed 21st May 2014