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Derek Twigg, MP for Halton

Working Hard for Widnes, Runcorn & Hale

Derek supports Cancer Research campaign on how to spot cancer early

29 Jun 2012

Derek teamed up with cancer awareness nurses at Westminster on Wednesday 27th June as Cancer Research UK's Awareness Roadshow made a special stop outside the Houses of Parliament.

Derek climbed on board to learn more about the steps people can take to reduce their risk of cancer and the importance of early detection. He said:

"When cancer is diagnosed at an early stage, treatment is often simpler and more likely to be effective.  I wholeheartedly support Cancer Research UK's call to spot cancer early and want to help share the message with my constituents that early diagnosis can save lives."

Senior Cancer Awareness Roadshow nurse Ceri Eames said:

"We were delighted to have Mr Twigg on board helping us to spread the word.  More people are surving cancer than ever before, but thousands of cancer deaths would be prevented each year if more cancers were diagnosed and treated at an early stage.

If you notice any unusual or persistent changes in your body, visit your GP without delay. If it is something serious then finding it early could make all the difference."

Smoking is the most important preventable cause of cancer and is responsible for one in four deaths from the disease in the UK.  During his visit, Derek found out about how Cancer Research UK's new campaign - The answer is plain - aims to discourage young people from starting to smoke.

Research shows that striking logos and disctinctive packet designs make cigarettes more appealing to children, so the charity is calling for cigarettes to be sold in plain packs which all look the same and are stripped of their attractive branding.

Sarah Woolnough, Director of Policy at Cancer Research UK, said:

"Around 157,000 11-15 year olds start smoking every year so we must do more to make cigarettes less attractive.  Over 80% of adults in the UK believe that children shouldn't be exposed to tobacco marketing, so we're urging MPs and their constituents to help us end the packet racket and give millions of children one less reason to take up smoking.

People in Halton are being urged to sign Cancer Research UK's campaign petition at before the Government closes its consultation on cigarette packaging on 10th July.


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