Anneliese marked World Cancer Day by joining other Labour MEPs in pledging to continue to work to improve clinical research in the fight against cancer.
World Cancer Day 2015 has four key messages: encourage people to choose healthy lives; deliver early detection; achieve treatment for all; maximise the quality of life. This year's tag line, "not beyond us", seeks to reassure people there are treatment options currently available that do work, however we still need to invest time and money into research for further treatments.
Anneliese said “It is sadly still the case that one in three people will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives, and many have lost loved ones to cancer. It is important that MEPs continue to press for close European co-operation. Cancer affects people regardless of borders, so our fight against cancer must cross borders too, as this will allow expertise and best practice to be shared. The next Labour government will ensure that patients in England will not have to wait more than a week for cancer tests and results, meaning that cancer can be detected and treated far more rapidly.”
Glenis Willmott, Labour's European Parliament spokesperson on health, said “We must all work together to try and find treatments for the millions of people affected by cancer every year. Last year, I led on EU legislation which will promote cross border trials and will make it easier for individuals to join clinical trials. The ability to share clinical trial information across the EU is particularly key for some specific childhood cancers which are extremely rare.”
There are a number of events happening across the South East to mark World Cancer Day – you can find out what’s going on in your area here.