Harlow urged to unite for World Cancer Day

Charity / Sat 22nd Jan 2022 am31 11:39am

PEOPLE in Harlow are being urged to show support on World Cancer Day for everyone affected by the disease.

Cancer Research UK is calling on the public to donate or wear one of the charity’s Unity Bands with pride on Friday, 4 February – a day that also marks its 20th anniversary.

Every year around 37,300 people are diagnosed with cancer in the East of England*.

Wearing a Unity Band is a way of showing solidarity with those affected. Available in three different colours – pink, navy and blue – it can be worn in memory of a loved one, to celebrate people who have overcome cancer or in support of those going through treatment.

Marked on 4 February, World Cancer Day is an international initiative, uniting people across the globe to take action against the disease.

For Cancer Research UK the awareness day takes on extra significance this year as the charity celebrates its 20th birthday and pays tribute to its supporters for the part they have played in funding cutting-edge research.

Their generosity has helped to reveal more of cancer’s secrets and more ways to beat it – leading to more people than ever in the UK surviving their cancer for 10 years or more.

Although formed in 2002, the organisation’s history dates back to the founding of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in 1902. Its work has been at the heart of some of the biggest developments in cancer, from radiotherapy to some of the most used cancer drugs around the world today.

By donating or getting a Unity Bandpeople in the East of England can help Cancer Research UK to keep making breakthroughs such as this, as it fights back from the impact of the pandemic.

Michael Jarvis, spokesperson for the East of England, said: “This past year proves, more than any other, the value of investing in science and medical research. Thanks to our supporters, we’ve achieved so much. Every day we see the benefits of research we’ve previously funded being realised, helping people live longer and healthier lives.

“1 in 2 of us will get cancer in our lifetime**, so we’ll never stop striving to create better treatments for tomorrow. That’s why, as we mark our anniversary this World Cancer Day, we hope people across Essex will wear a Unity Band with pride – knowing they’re helping to save and improve lives for generations to come. We’ve come so far and we’ll go much further. Together, we will beat cancer.”

Cancer Research UK spent over £55 million in the East of England last year on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research.

Unity Bands are available in Cancer Research UK shops and online at cruk.org/worldcancerday for a suggested donation of £2.

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