The purpose of the reception was to raise awareness of these cancers and highlight the need for earlier diagnosis.
Rare and less common cancers together account for more than half of all UK cancer deaths – more than the ‘big four’ (breast, prostate, lung and bowel cancer together) – and on average have poorer earlier diagnosis rates.
As I am unable to attend meetings such as these, Cancer52 kindly agreed to let Hannah attend as a patient representative on behalf of WCSUK. She came forward and agreed to attend after I asked in the private chat group if anyone would like to go in my place.
Hannah, who lives on Isle of Wight is one of our younger ladies to have been diagnosed with womb cancer..
Jane Lyons, CEO of Cancer52, said, “It was fantastic to see so many people affected by rare and less common cancers at the reception raising awareness of these diseases with their MPs. For many the speed of diagnosis is critical as rare and less common cancers are more likely than the common cancers to be diagnosed late, often in A&E, and this has an impact on one year survival rates."
Hannah said, “It was a pleasure to join Cancer52 at their reception and discuss such an important issue. We need to be doing far better at diagnosing and treating cancers earlier, particularly rare and less common cancers.”
xx Kaz xx