Stuart Andrew MP has voiced his support for The Biggest Fight Against Bone Cancer, a new campaign to raise much-needed awareness of and funds for primary bone cancer, at a parliamentary reception for the Bone Cancer Research Trust, a local Horsforth charity.
“I was disturbed to hear that survival rates for bone cancer have remained unchanged for over 25 years, and that patients who survive the disease often face disability as a result of life-altering surgery and treatment.
It was great to hear more about the crucial work that the Bone Cancer Research Trust is doing to improve early diagnosis and treatment options. They are a rapidly growing local charity who are having a big impact nationally in this important area and I’m pleased that parliamentary colleagues from across the country got to hear about their vital work.”
Mat Cottle-Shaw, Head of Fundraising and Communications, said:
“MPs may previously have been unaware that their constituents have been affected by primary bone cancer, which continues to be an under-profiled and under-funded disease. We’re very grateful to Stuart Andrew for hosting us in the House of Commons today and for his continued support to us as an organisation, and to bone cancer research more broadly. We look forward to working with Stuart in the future to help raise vital awareness of bone cancer in our local area and across the country.”
At the reception Stuart heard that every year in the UK and Ireland around 600 new cases of primary bone cancer are diagnosed and around 300 people die from these cancers. Young people are most likely to be affected as the disease has a peak incidence between the ages of 10 to 24 years old.
Stuart also heard from Jamie Wood, a former bone cancer patient and amateur boxer who was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma in 2010. Jamie underwent 16 courses of chemotherapy and 3 major operations as part of his treatment.
Jamie Wood, former bone cancer patient and amateur boxer said: “Against the odds, I’ve beaten bone cancer and even returned to the boxing ring. Now I want MPs to understand what bone cancer patients go through and to back The Biggest Fight Against Bone Cancer to help raise much-needed awareness.”
Visit www.thebiggestfight.org and follow #TheBiggestFight on social media to get involved with the campaign.