Each year nearly 300,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in the UK. I was therefore pleased to join the battle against this terrible disease by hosting an afternoon tea in the House of Commons in conjunction with a leading charity.
I hosted World Cancer Research Fund’s afternoon tea in the Houses of Parliament last week, where the charity thanked their supporters.
Around 70 guests were treated to a healthy version of a high tea, with scones, fruit tartlets and finger sandwiches served, while supporters spoke about the importance of preventing cancer.
World Cancer Research Fund supports cancer prevention research and encourages people to lead healthy lifestyle choices to reduce their cancer risk, playing a fundamental role in funding cancer prevention research and educating the public about how to protect themselves from the disease.
Scientists say about a third of cancers could be prevented if people were to maintain a healthy body weight, eat a healthy diet and be physically active.
The growing cancer burden is a significant public health issue, with an estimated 14.1 million cancer cases recorded globally in 2012.
It’s great to see the work that is being done to prevent and control cancer by encouraging people to make healthier lifestyle choices.
I am keen to see even more work done to support victims of cancer and was pleased that the Government recently agreed to increase the level of compensation available for Mesothelioma victims from 75% to 80%, a move which I had called for along with a number of colleagues in a campaign organised by Tracey Crouch MP, and voted against the government when they initially offered the lesser amount.
To support World Cancer Research Fund, or for more information on cancer prevention, visit www.wcrf-uk.org or call 0207 343 4200.