Labour MEPs vow to continue work to improve clinical research in fight against cancer

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Labour MEPs have marked World Cancer Day by 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.

It is estimated 8.2 million people die from cancer every year across the world.

Glenis Willmott MEP, Labour's European Parliament spokesperson on health, said:

"It is a devastating statistic that one in two people develop cancer in their lifetime. Many of us will have lost a family member, friend or colleague to cancer and we must do everything we can to fight this disease.

"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.

"The Labour Party has promised to ensure patients in England will not wait more than one week for cancer tests and results, and Ed Miliband has also promised to introduce a new Cancer Treatments Fund to replace the current Cancer Research Fund, which is due to run out in 2016.

"It is a sad fact everyone will know someone who has lost their life to cancer. Now more than ever we need to work together across the EU to help find treatments to save millions of lives."

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