Cherilyn Mackrory, Member of Parliament for Truro and Falmouth, has today met with the Less Survivable Cancers Taskforce in Parliament to highlight awareness of the issues facing patients with suffering from these diseases.
“Today in Parliament I met with representatives from the Less Survivable Cancers Taskforce to further my understanding about these cancers and what we can do to increase the survivability rate for people who have them.”
“The less survivable cancers: lung, brain, pancreatic, oesphageal, stomach and liver, together make up half of all cancer deaths, even though they only make up for a quarter of new cases.”
“Whilst the last few decades have seen remarkable improvements in the survival rate of other cancers, these less survivable cancers have been left behind.”
“This means that today only 14% of people diagnosed with these cancers will survive for five years. For other common cancers, the average is 68%.”
“These statistics must change and I am pleased to highlight them in the quest to close the #deadlycancergap for the less survivable cancers.”