MP Seeks to raise cancer awareness
Local MP David Mundell attended the Cancer Awareness Roadshow when it visited the House of Commons this week. The project which is run by Cancer Research has been touring the UK to help people spot cancer early and promote positive lifestyle choices. The scheme which is at the heart of the charity’s work sees mobile units and specially trained nurses take health information to some of the UK's most deprived communities.
Mr Mundell was particularly keen to find out more about the charity before joining local fundraiser Billie Jean Sedgwick on part of her Ride of Hope. Billie Jean is leading a cycle from Tynemouth to Annan on the 14th and 15th of July as part of her self-titled ‘Crusade Against Cancer’. Mr Mundell is encouraging local people to support her campaign and they can find out more and donate at www.justgiving.com/2012rideofhope. More information about Cancer Research and detecting and preventing cancer can be found at www.cancerresearchuk.org.
Speaking after the event Mr Mundell said: “The big message I want to bring back to my constituents is that reducing the risk of cancer is about making changes to your lifestyle today. That means taking a bit more exercise, improving your diet, stopping smoking and drinking less. Even small changes can make a big difference.
“I was also pleased to find out more about the research the charity do to help treat cancer and hear about the support they give to patients and families affected by cancer. The good news is that things are getting better and I want to take this opportunity on behalf of everyone locally to say thank you to the dedicated individuals across our region who work tirelessly in support of this and other similar causes.”