Steve McCabe MP, Birmingham, Selly Oak has voiced his support for The Biggest Fight Against Bone Cancer, an important new campaign to raise awareness of primary bone cancer.
Meeting with campaigners from Bone Cancer Research Trust Steve heard from Jamie Wood, a former bone cancer patient and amateur boxer who was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma in 2010. Jamie underwent 16 courses of chemotherapy and 3 major operations as part of his treatment.
Every year in the UK and Ireland around 600 new cases of primary bone cancer are diagnosed and around 300 people die from these cancers. Young people are most likely to be affected as the disease has a peak incidence between the ages of 10 to 24 years old.
Jamie Wood, former bone cancer patient and amateur boxer said:
“Against the odds, I’ve beaten bone cancer and even returned to the boxing ring. Now I want MPs to understand what bone cancer patients go through and to back The Biggest Fight Against Bone Cancer to help raise much-needed awareness and funds.”
Steve McCabe MP said:
“I was disturbed to hear that survival rates for bone cancer have remained unchanged for over 25 years, and that patients who survive the disease often face disability as a result of life-altering surgery and treatment. The fight against this terrible disease starts with raising awareness however we also need to see increased funding for vital research to improve early diagnosis and treatment options.”
For more information visit www.thebiggestfight.organd follow #TheBiggestFight on social media to get involved with the campaign.