Robert Largan, Member of Parliament for the High Peak, recently attended Macmillan Cancer Support’s Coffee Morning in Parliament to learn more about the issues facing the UK’s cancer care system.
It is estimated by Macmillan that around 600 people each year in the High Peak are diagnosed with cancer, with approximately 4,100 people currently living with it.
Analysis from Macmillan Cancer Support suggests that at least 100,000 people across the UK have seen their cancer worsen or have been left with fewer treatment options due to delays to diagnosis and starting treatment over the past decade.
Mr Largan has previously campaigned to strengthen local cancer treatment, leading the successful push to reinstate the mobile breast cancer screening unit to the High Peak.
He is now campaigning for a Community Diagnostics Centre for the High Peak and has written to the Secretary of State for Health & Social Care and Joined Up Care Derbyshire to request their support in his bid.
He is also currently campaigning to save Buxton Colposcopy Clinic, where women are often referred to for a biopsy if cervical screening finds changes to cells. Residents can add their names to Mr Largan’s petition online at www.robertlargan.co.uk/save-buxton-colposcopy-clinic.
Robert Largan, MP for High Peak, commented:
“I am grateful to Macmillan Cancer Support for hosting this event, which provided some really useful information about cancer treatment in the High Peak and nationally.
“It is important that we do all we can to reduce the backlog of cancer care that built up during the pandemic.
“Please add your name to my petition to save Buxton’s Colposcopy Clinic and help me make the High Peak an even better place to live!”