UKIP assembly candidate for East Londonderry, Steven Parkhill pledges support to Cancer Research Campaign, Northern Ireland v Cancer.
Mr Parkhill said: “Cancer is a common condition – research suggests at least one in three of us will develop some form of cancer during our lifetime.
More than 24 people in Northern Ireland are diagnosed with cancer every single day, almost 9000 per year. Research highlights there are an estimated 2.5 million people in the UK today who have had a cancer diagnosis and by the end of 2016, more than a thousand people will be diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK.
Being aware of general signs and symptoms linked to cancer can help in early detection, the earlier cancer is detected, the better the chances of successful treatment, and I would encourage anyone who suspects cancer, to contact their GP immediately. It is better to be safe, than sorry.
As a candidate in the upcoming elections, I fully support The Northern Ireland v Cancer campaign. The political drive to beat cancer must match the pace of progress in research. That’s why I’m backing the ‘Northern Ireland vs Cancer’ campaign and joining the fight to beat cancer sooner.
We must not underestimate the devastating impact that cancer will have on families in East Londonderry now and in the future. The good news is cutting-edge research carried out by charities like Cancer Research UK is turning the tables on the disease, but it is clear there is a critical role for politicians to play in helping to detect cancer earlier.
If elected I promise to work with, assist and support Cancer Research UK to ensure Northern Ireland has a comprehensive cancer strategy designed and implemented, that ensures cancer patients have the best possible treatments available and increases the chances of surviving this awful disease.
Many health professionals and organisations are dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment, care and support of those with cancer in Northern Ireland. The arrangement of cancer services can involve GPs, pharmacists, radiologists, pathologists, surgeons, haematologists, oncologists, clinical nurse specialists, palliative care and researchers, these people carry out fantastic work, and a cancer strategy would be the next progressive step to help achieve world class outcomes, and hopefully one day eradicate cancer completely.
I fully support the Northern Ireland v Cancer campaign and I hope that all candidates in the Assembly election in East Londonderry and across the country can do likewise.”
For further information about Cancer Research UK’s work or to find out how to support the charity, please call 0300 123 1022 or visit www.cancerresearchuk.org.