Fabian supports World Cancer Day

Fabian supports the Cancer Research UK Cross Cancer Out Campaign on World Cancer Day

Fabian is backing an appeal from Cancer Research UK to save the lives of more cancer patients, as news comes that one in two people will be diagnosed with the disease at some point in their lives. The new figure was announced on World Cancer Day (February 4) to highlight the urgent need to bolster public health and NHS cancer services so they can cope with a growing and ageing population and the looming demands for better diagnostics, treatments, and earlier diagnosis.

He attended a parliamentary event held by Cancer Research UK to mark World Cancer Day and encourage MPs to support their Cross Cancer Out campaign. In the run up to the General Election, the charity is calling on all prospective MPs to back measures to ensure cancer patients receive the best treatment and are diagnosed early enough for that treatment to make a difference. 

Fabian attends a parliamentary event in support of Cancer Research UK’s ‘Cross Cancer Out’ campaign on World Cancer Day (4th February).


UK cancer survival rates are still lagging behind the best in Europe and in England nearly half of all cancers are diagnosed at an advanced stage, when they are harder to treat successfully. Cancer Research UK says that support for public awareness campaigns, increasing screening uptake and ensuring equal access to innovative evidence-based treatments are key to saving more lives.

Fabian said:

“We cannot underestimate the devastating impact that cancer will have on people in insert constituency now and in the future. The good news is that Cancer Research UK is making huge advances in the battle against the disease.  But with more than three people diagnosed with cancer every hour in Yorkshire and the Humber* and this number set to rise, it’s vital that we detect cancer earlier across the UK and that the NHS is fit to offer all patients the best possible chance of surviving. I’m backing the Cross Cancer Out campaign, because it’s clear that MPs have a crucial role to play in helping to beat cancer sooner. The political drive to beat the disease must match the pace of progress in research.”

In the Leeds North East constituency, it is reckoned that there are 3778 cases of cancer each year and that 1807 people die of the disease. Sadly many people do not recognise any of the early symptoms of cancer and delay seeking medical advice. This makes subsequent successful treatment much harder and lives are needlessly lost.

For more information and ways to get involved in the campaign, visit cruk.org/crosscancerout or join the conversation on twitter #CrossCancerOut.