Have you been following our tweets and updates about the current APPG inquiry into pancreatic cancer? Just in case you've missed them, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Pancreatic Cancer is holding a special inquiry into pancreatic cancer. The inquiry is looking at a number of key issues including survival rates and why, at just under 4% 5-year survival rates, remain the lowest of the 21 most common cancers in the UK, as well at why pancreatic cancer patients, and their family and carers have such poor NHS experience.
The first session of the inquiry on 16th May heard evidence from patients and carers, who spoke bravely about their experiences with pancreatic cancer.
On the 13th of June APPG inquiry heard from GPs who highlighted the challenges that GPs face when it comes to pancreatic cancer - and how they could be better supported to get patients that they have concerns about quickly investigated.
The final session on the 5th of September will hear from pancreatic cancer charities as well as from the Department of Health and the new NHS Commissioning Board. The outcome of the inquiry will be a special report, highlighting key issues with the disease and recommendations.
But that's not all! The APPG and our campaigning team are still busy, with the APPG sitting in their regular meetings, the most recent of which was attended by Health Minister, Anna Soubry, who gave the introductory remarks and answered questions from attendees:
When asked about cancer survival rates in relation to the Government's commitment to raising cancer awareness and improving early diagnosis, Ms. Soubry replied:
It's full steam ahead for campaigning in the Pancreatic Cancer UK offices, but we need you to get involved and invite your local MP to attend and hear for themselves how important it is to tackle this disease. Before every APPG meeting we update Twitter, Facebook and the APPG page on the website with all the information you need to give to your local MP when inviting them to attend. Get your friends and family involved; the more invitations an MP receives, the more they can see there's a real need within their constituency for this disease to be addressed.
Call them, email them - however you want to invite them, make sure you do, and then tell us all that you have!