Labour’s man in the fight to win South Holland and The Deepings, Matthew Mahabadi, is backing the Cancer Research Campaign, Cross Cancer Out.
The campaign asks election candidates to support a raft of measures to ensure cancer patients are diagnosed much earlier and have greater access to the best possible treatments.
Mr Mahabadi, who lost his grandmother following a breast cancer battle, said: “We must not underestimate the devastating impact that cancer will have on families in South Holland and The Deepings now and in the future.
“The good news is cutting-edge research carried out by charities like Cancer Research UK is turning the tables on the disease, but it is clear there is a critical role for politicians to play in helping detect cancer earlier and bring innovative new treatments to patients faster.”
Matthew also has personal reasons for taking up the battle.
He said: “This awful disease has affected my friends and family. A close friend who is an absolute inspiration to me has fought cancer twice and, thankfully, is in remission. I have another good friend who has been recently diagnosed and who is just starting treatment.
“My grandmother also passed away after suffering breast cancer.
“Cancer affects some wonderful people and it just goes to show how unfair, unjust and indiscriminate this disease is.
“It is devastating for anyone to receive a diagnosis and the impact on their friends and family is immeasurable.
“I want to raise the profile of this campaign locally to make people suffering aware that they are not alone.
“Survival rates are improving but we need to keep going, continuously improving access to life-saving medication and early diagnosis.”
Sarah Woolnough, executive director of policy and information at Cancer Research, said early diagnosis and fast access to treatments will save more lives.
She said: “The next Government’s decisions will affect how fast and how far we progress in the next five years towards our goal of beating the disease.
“It is a big ambition but we know with the right political support we will get there sooner – so we’re asking all local election candidates to make a commitment to Cross Cancer Out and help ensure no-one’s life is cut short by the disease.”
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