This Parkinson’s Awareness Week, Steve McCabeMP has pledged his support to Parkinson’s UK’s We Won’t Wait campaign. The campaign calls for urgent action to unlock the promise of research developments that could pave the way for better treatments and drugs to treat Parkinson’s.
Research released by the charity revealed that despite being an incurable, degenerative condition which can affect anyone, in the West Midlands:
· Almost half (48%) of people are unsure, or wrongly say that it is possible to prevent Parkinson’s.
· Four in five (80%) are unsure, or incorrectly think that there is no limit to the amount of time Parkinson’s medication works for.
· Almost two thirds (64%) of people wrongly believe that Parkinson’s medication does more than mask or ease the symptoms of the condition.
Parkinson’s UK wants to drive forward crucial developments in Parkinson’s research to pioneer more effective treatments that are desperately needed for the estimated 11,000 living with the condition in the West Midlands.
Mr McCabe said:
“Parkinson’s is an illness that affects huge numbers in the UK, with an estimated 11,000 people living with the condition in the West Midlands alone.While big steps have been made over the years, people with Parkinson’s are still waiting for a treatment that can tackle the condition head on. We need to deliver better treatments and a cure faster and this will require a complete change in approach. This is why I am supporting Parkinson’s UK’s We Won’t Wait campaign.”
To find out more about the We Won’t Wait campaign visit: www.parkinsons.org.uk