We are delighted to announce that Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research is today joining leading UK cancer charities under an umbrella campaign to call for political parties to make cancer a priority in the 2015 General Election and beyond.
There are currently two million people living with, or having survived, cancer in the UK. This means that there are two million reasons for the next Government to make cancer a priority. This figure is likely to increase in the future.
There are 38,000 newly diagnosed blood cancer patients each year. In the 53 years since we began this journey as a blood cancer charity, we have made some world leading discoveries. Today, we continue to develop new ways of working to beat blood cancer, such as our innovative Trials Acceleration Programme that helps more patients get on clinical trials and access the newest medicines. But more progress is needed to give patients the best possible outcomes, in line with the best in Europe.
Through the Cancer: 2 million reasons campaign we are calling on all political parties to commit to improving research, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for people affected by cancer today and in the future.
Over the next eight months we will be sharing data and stories from us and other charities on what we do to improve patient outcomes and make cancer a priority on political agenda.
For more information about the campaign and how to get involved please visit
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