Angela lends her support to Pancreatic Cancer UK
Angela recently attended a cross-party event at the House of Commons, organised by Pancreatic Cancer UK, to help spread the word about pancreatic cancer ahead of pancreatic cancer awareness month.
Tragically, only four per cent of patients live for five years or more after diagnosis. In addition to learning about these dreadful survival rates, Angela heard about the need for earlier diagnosis, more research funding and better access to new treatments for the disease, as well as the work being done by Pancreatic Cancer UK to fund its own research and provide support for patients and their families around the country.
Angela was joined by patients and family members of those affected by pancreatic cancer, as well as specialist nurses and representatives from Pancreatic Cancer UK.
Pancreatic cancer is the fifth most common cause of all cancer deaths in the UK and currently has the lowest survival rate of all the 21 common cancers. One person dies every hour of the disease, and it is predicted that by 2030 pancreatic cancer will overtake breast cancer as the fourth most common cancer killer.
Commenting Angela said:
“It was a pleasure to attend this event organised by Pancreatic Cancer UK, to learn more about the work of the charity and the support and research it funds. Sadly, the survival rate for pancreatic cancer speaks for itself. I know there are many people within my constituency who have been touched by pancreatic cancer and we need to do more to improve awareness of the disease, its signs and symptoms, and do more to radically improve the shockingly low survival rates. That’s why I’m supporting the charity and its Purple Lights for Hope campaign as part of pancreatic cancer awareness month this November.”
Alex Ford, Chief Executive of Pancreatic Cancer UK said: “We were delighted to welcome Angela to this important event and we thank her for her support. We hope he/she will help us spread the word about pancreatic cancer far and wide this November.
“It’s shocking that the number of people living for five years after diagnosis with pancreatic cancer is still just four per cent, and that figure has barely improved in the last 40 years. Yet across the UK, we know so little about the disease. We all have a role to play in raising awareness of this dreadful cancer, so people know the signs and symptoms to watch out for. I would urge local people to find out more about the disease today.”
The symptoms of pancreatic cancer include tummy pain, weight loss, yellow skin or eyes or itchy skin and oily floating poo.
For more information about pancreatic cancer, visit www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk
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About pancreatic cancer:
- One person dies of pancreatic cancer every hour.
- The disease has the lowest survival rate of all the 21 common cancers, with just four
per cent of people living for five years or more after diagnosis, and just one per cent surviving 10 years
- Five and ten year survival for pancreatic cancer has improved very little since the early 1970s.
- Around 8,800 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer per year in the UK. That’s
24 people every day.
- Pancreatic cancer is the fifth most common cause of cancer death in the UK
- Pancreatic cancer is predicted to become the fourth largest cancer killer (overtaking breast cancer) by 2030.
Pancreatic cancer statistics quoted are from Cancer Research UK.
About Purple Lights for Hope and Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month:
- Pancreatic Cancer UK’s Purple Lights for Hope campaign aims to light up in purple as many landmarks as possible on November 1 st . So far over 100 landmarks have agreed to light up to raise awareness of the disease.
- You can see which buildings are taking part on the Pancreatic Cancer UK Purple Lights Map.
- Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month (PCAM) runs throughout November each year, and charities and supporters up their efforts to raise awareness of, and money for, the disease.
- More information about PCAM is available on the Pancreatic Cancer UK website.
About Pancreatic Cancer UK:
- Pancreatic Cancer UK is the only national charity fighting pancreatic cancer on all fronts: support, information, campaigning and research. We are striving for a long and good life for everyone diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
- For further information on pancreatic cancer, visit www.pancreaticcancer.org.uk.
- To speak to a specialist nurse about symptoms, diagnosis or treatment, call
Pancreatic Cancer UK’s freephone Support Line on 0808 801 0707
- We provide an expert, personalised support and information service, with the ultimate aim of enabling patients to enjoy an extended, happy and fulfilled life, bringing hope to them and their families.
- We fund innovative research that makes the most impact with limited resources and leverages additional investment - and development of new talent - through our own research expenditure.
- Working closely with patients and their families and carers, clinicians and other healthcare professionals, researchers, politicians and policy makers we seek to increase awareness of the disease and campaign to bring about change.
Angela Smith MP Hooks-a-Truck to clean up problem pavement parking
A ngela Smith MP recently took on the challenge of cleaning up the streets, when the charity Guide Dogs offered her the chance to learn more about the daily difficulties faced by people living with sight los s.
Guide Dogs is calling on MPs and the public to back a new Bill to outlaw irresponsible parking. According to the charity, badly parked cars are putting the lives of pedestrians up and down the country at risk every day. These vehicles are forcing people to step out into the road, without being able to clearly see on-coming traffic.
The charity used a unique twist on the fun-fair game, Hook-a-Duck, to highlight the campaign and Angela became the guide when she helped a rubber duck navigate a stream full of obstacles.
Angela is supporting Guide Dogs campaign on pavement parking, including a proposed law to restrict it to designated areas.
There are nearly two million people in the UK who are living with sight loss and by 2050, there could be nearly four million. So it’s more important than ever that our streets are safe for people who are blind or partially sighted.
“For most of us drivers who park inappropriately are a nuisance but for those with sight loss they can be a real danger forcing them on to dangerous roads. I have said I will do all I can to try to improve the law and stop inappropriate parking.”
James White, Senior Campaigns Manager at Guide Dogs, said: “Parking on pavements is blighting Britain's streets. It puts all pedestrians in danger, particularly those living with sight loss.
“It is terrifying for someone who cannot see oncoming traffic to take the risk of stepping out into a road because someone has decided to park on the pavement. We hope this year will see this dangerous practice outlawed once and for all, and call on all MPs to back a change in the law."
Politics goes pink for breast cancer awareness
Angela, has shown her support for women with breast cancer by dressing up in pink and encouraging her constituents to take part in Breast Cancer Now’s flagship fundraiser, wear it pink, on Friday 23rd October.
Wear it pink, the UK’s biggest pink fundraiser, calls on supporters across the country to ditch the day-to-day colours and pull on some pink to raise money for Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving breast cancer research.
Angela joined fellow parliamentarians in wearing it pink in Westminster this week to encourage people across the UK to get involved. Now in its 14th year, wear it pink raises over £2 million each year for world-class research into breast cancer, and this year it is back and bigger, brighter and bolder than ever before.
Anyone can take part, whether in school, at work or at home. All you have to do is wear something pink and donate whatever you can.
“Right now breast cancer is at a tipping point. Every year in the UK around 50,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer, and sadly nearly 12,000 women still lose their lives to the disease. This is why we all must come together to support Breast Cancer Now’s cutting-edge research, and, in wear it pink, there is a fun and simple way for everyone to get involved.
“Together, we can make a big difference for women with breast cancer, now and in the future; I hope everyone in the local community will join me in wearing it pink on Friday 23 October and show their support for Breast Cancer Now.”
Launched in June 2015 with the ambition of ensuring that no one dies from the disease by 2050, Breast Cancer Now is the UK’s largest breast cancer charity, created by the merger of Breast Cancer Campaign and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
This is a day when we stand out, stand together and stand for something: wear it pink on Friday 23 October to support Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving research. For more information or to register for wear it pink visit www.wearitpink.org .
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Notes to Editors:
About Breast Cancer Now:
- Breast Cancer Now is the UK’s largest breast cancer charity.
- Breast Cancer Now’s ambition is that by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live. The charity is determined to stop women dying from the disease, working in a new, collaborative way and bringing together all those affected by the disease to fund research, share knowledge and find answers.
- Breast Cancer Now’s world-class research is focused entirely on breast cancer. The charity supports nearly 450 of the world’s brightest researchers at more than 20 locations across the UK and Ireland. Together, they’re working to discover how to prevent breast cancer, how to detect it earlier and how to treat it effectively at every stage so we can stop the disease taking lives.
- Breast cancer is still the most common cancer in the UK. Nearly 700,000 people living in the UK have experienced a diagnosis and one in eight women will face it in their lifetime. This year alone, more than 50,000 women will be told they have the disease.
- The UK still has one of the lowest breast cancer survival rates in Western Europe and this year alone nearly 12,000 women will lose their lives. It’s time to act.
- Breast Cancer Now launched in June 2015, created by the merger of leading research charities Breast Cancer Campaign and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
- For more information on Breast Cancer Now’s work, visit breastcancernow.org or follow us on Twitter or on Facebook .