I joined Cancer Research staff and campaigners, along with medical professionals, this week for an event in Parliament.

Cancer Research work on funding scientific research into curing cancer but also do important work on cancer prevention.

According to Cancer Research data, four in ten cancers in the UK can be prevented and the most common causes of cancer are smoking, obesity and exposure to the sun.

Their new campaign focuses on these prevention issues, and they are working alongside health professionals to raise awareness of the need for prevention and early diagnosis.

The charity and campaigning health professionals are concerned that without enough qualified professionals, cancers are being diagnosed too late, and are calling on the UK Government and NHS to provide more funding and make it possible to recruit the diagnostic professionals that are needed.

In Cardiff 21.4% of people are cigarette smokers (which is slightly higher than the Welsh average of 20.9%). The percentage of adults who are overweight or obese in Cardiff and the Vale is 53.6 which is lower than the Wales average of 58% but is still over half of adults.

19,100 people in Wales are diagnosed with cancer every year – that’s the equivalent of about 52 people per day.

Cancer affects all of our lives in one form or another, which is why I’m a strong supporter of Cancer Research’s work to prevent and find new treatments and cures for the disease.

You can find out more about Cancer Research’s work, along with statistics and information about cancer in the UK, on their website here.

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