Charity working hard to improve pancreatic cancer survival rates

Eric Ollerenshaw - My week in Westminster
Eric Ollerenshaw - My week in Westminster

This week I am pleased to give my support to Pancreatic Cancer UK’s ‘Campaign for Hope’, which launched during Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month in November. The Campaign for Hope aims to double survival rates in five years, potentially saving up to 250 lives a year.

Pancreatic cancer is the most lethal cancer in the UK with just 3 per cent of pancreatic cancer patients surviving five years beyond diagnosis.

Research undertaken for Pancreatic Cancer UK’s in-depth Study for Survival highlighted that pancreatic cancer patients often face challenges at every stage of their treatment journey – from late diagnosis, to inconsistencies in treatment and post-operative care and support.

I am fully supportive of the aims of Pancreatic Cancer UK’s Campaign for Hope and I am hoping to get a debate on this matter in Parliament soon.

In this day and age, there is no adequate reason for constituents in Fleetwood to have less of a chance of survival than a patient from another area.

It is only by ensuring the disease benefits from greater focus and investment that survival rates can be improved

I know that our local community here in Fleetwood already do so much to support those who suffer from cancer, and I would like to put on record my thanks to Angela Patchett, and everybody else who puts in their time and effort to help.

As always, please contact me if I can be of any help. I represent everyone that lives in Fleetwood, regardless of how or whether you vote. My contact details are below.

Email: eric.ollerenshaw.mp@parliament.uk Phone: 0207 219 7096 or 01995 672975Write: House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA or 59 High Street, Great Eccleston, Lancs, PR3 0YB.