Today, on World Cancer Day, I met with Cancer Research UK to discuss the incredible work that they do and the importance of tackling the backlog in cancer treatment.

Whether it is our friends, our family, or personally, cancer touches all of us.

This year has been devastating for cancer treatment and organisations, with thousands of treatments being postponed, whilst NHS staff have treated hundreds of thousands of coronavirus patients.

Nearly 10,000 women are currently waiting for a breast cancer screening in Barnsley alone.

In November, I spoke in parliament on the importance of a cancer recovery plan to deal with the backlog in breast cancer screening tests.

Most of all, this World Cancer Day, I want to encourage everyone to continue to check for symptoms and to make an appointment if you have any concerns or find anything out of the ordinary.

The NHS is still open for business and will continue to be available for all those who need it.


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