Cancer has very sadly touched the lives of many in our community.
With millions suffering from the disease across the nation and countless families concerned about a loved one, the impact of a diagnosis is huge.
The pandemic has caused critical delays in diagnosing cancers
Coronavirus has caused immense worry for those living with cancer. Isolated from friends, family, and community, the mental health impact cannot be underestimated. Worse still, the pandemic has caused critical delays in diagnosing cancers, and leaves people at risk of suffering the worst effects of this disease.
This World Cancer Day, I would like to commend the bravery of those people living with cancer through this extraordinary period, and pay tribute to all the NHS and care staff consistently helping our loved ones through even the most trying of times.
It is vital the Government now delivers a strategy to ensure all those who have been left behind as a result of the pandemic are offered timely cancer diagnosis and treatment.
They must also push efforts to ensure research keeps moving forward, with the aim of finding a cure.