Sam Dixon MP
Sam Dixon MP

Cancer is a scourge to society that touches so many of us, directly and indirectly.  

It is one of the leading causes of death worldwide and locally. In Cheshire and Merseyside, there are around 4,800 new cancer cases every year. 

The news of His Majesty the King’s diagnosis has once again put this awful disease at the forefront of the news agenda and has prompted many to share stories of their own battles or ones of support of their loved ones. I would like to take this opportunity to send His Majesty and everyone currently living with cancer my best wishes and positive thoughts.  

Over the last few years cancer treatment waiting times have grown and sadly, too many people have had to wait too long for life saving treatment. 

The 62-day target in England states 85% of patients should start their first definitive treatment within 62 days of an urgent suspected cancer referral. In NHS Cheshire and Merseyside, between April 2023 and June 2023, the 62-day target was not met. If the target was met, around 150 additional patients would have been treated on time. 

I recently raised this with Ministers in the House of Common and urged them to do more to make sure cancer treatment targets are met for patients in Chester and across the country.  

February marks world cancer day an occasion that unites people around the world to raise awareness of cancer and take action to tackle this dreadful disease. 

Through decades of research, increased awareness, and support from people around the world, the landscape of cancer research has undergone significant transformation, offering new rays of hope for patients and healthcare professionals.  

Locally we have an array of brilliant organisations, nurses and social care staff who help patients and their families to get through the difficulties that cancer brings, including our wonderful Hospice of the Good Shepherd. I would like to thank every single one of them for the vital services and care that they provide.  

Through the casework I receive, I have chosen cancer to be one of my areas of focus in the months ahead. As well as working towards better awareness, early and timely diagnosis and treatment, prevention is extremely important. Whether it’s through promotion of healthy lifestyles, improving air quality in our cities or campaigning to raise awareness of the harms of smoking. 

Together we can beat cancer.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

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