MP lends support for World Cancer Day

OLDHAM West and Royton MP Jim McMahon marked the 21st World Cancer Day by wearing a Cancer Research Unity Band.

The bands are sold by Cancer Research UK up and down the country to raise funds for life saving cancer research.

Mr McMahon said: “Cancer Research suggest almost four in 10 cancers could be prevented.

“We need to use days like this to highlight that fact. Smoking and obesity are two of the biggest preventable causes of cancer.

“In Oldham more people smoke than the national average, and we’ve got to bring that down.

“We have also got to work in schools and with youth groups to promote healthy eating, exercise and active travel to tackle obesity.

“There are real steps we can all take to prevent more cancers and I would encourage all constituents to take these steps.

“There is support out there if you want to quit smoking or if you want to start being healthier, you don’t have to do these things alone.

“I will commit to working with my colleague in the House to towards Cancer Research’s goal of three in four people surviving cancer by 2034.

“That’s why I wore my Cancer Research Unity Band, as a commitment to my constituents in Oldham West and Royton to work hard in Parliament to get the funding for research and preventative measures that we need.”

If any constituents have been affected by cancer and they’ve got questions, Cancer Research nurses are available to talk on 0808 800 4040.

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