MSP Rona Mackay met Cancer Research UK scientists in Glasgow last week to learn about the charity’s world class research in Scotland.
The Strathkelvin and Bearsden MSP visited the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute last Friday where she witnessed first-hand the ground-breaking research being carried out by scientists and doctors, and heard how research such as this will help to save lives.
Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, Cancer Research UK was able to spend more than £24 million in Glasgow last year on world- leading scientific and clinical research.
The charity announced a further £8 million investment in Glasgow in March, to develop new treatments for pancreatic cancer. Led by Professor Andrew Biankin at the University of Glasgow, the PRECISION-Panc project aims to develop personalised treatments for pancreatic cancer patients, improving the options and outcomes for a disease where survival rates have remained stubbornly low.
Ms Mackay said: “Like everywhere in Scotland, cancer has a huge effect on families in my constituency, so it has been fantastic to visit the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute and hear more about how it’s research is offering new hope to families here and across Scotland.”
At her visit to the Institute, she also heard about Cancer Research UK’s latest campaign Scale Down Cancer which is calling for more to be done to tackle obesity in Scotland.
The charity is urging the Scottish Government to introduce measures that will give children the best start in life, by curbing multi-buy discounts on foods that are high in fat, salt and sugar.
Gregor McNie, senior public affairs manager at Cancer Research UK, said: “Research is at the heart of curing cancer, yet we must not forget that four in ten cancers are preventable in the first place.
“Not enough of us know that obesity is the single biggest preventable cause of cancer after smoking. Given the devastating impact that cancer has on families across Scotland, it’s vital we see political action on obesity.”
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About Cancer Research UK
Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research.
Cancer Research UK’s pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives.
Cancer Research UK receives no government funding for its life-saving research. Every step it makes towards beating cancer relies on every pound donated.
Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of the progress that has already seen survival rates in the UK double in the last forty years.
Today, two in four people survive cancer. Cancer Research UK’s ambition is to accelerate progress so that three in four people will survive cancer within the next 20 years.
Cancer Research UK supports research into all aspects of cancer through the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses.
Together with its partners and supporters, Cancer Research UK’s vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.
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Gil Paterson MSP and Rona Mackay MSP
Clydebank & Milngavie and Strathkelvin & Bearsden
Mobile: 07930 668771