NW Cancer Research Presentation
On 28th January members welcomed from NW Cancer Research Alister Richards and his 2 colleagues Charlotte Elwood and Carol Kirkham. This charity is very keen to present to organisations in the hope of raising funds to enable the much needed research to continue.
Below is the part of the text of the very informative talk.
Many thanks for inviting us along on Thursday. It was really good to get back into the habit of presenting again and talking about NWCR. Happy to provide a paragraph or two as follows:
North West Cancer Research are a local Charity who are focussing on the cancer needs of our area in order to first understand why we have higher rates of cancer in our region and then to address those needs. The Charity provided a range of statistics to illustrate that the numbers of cancer cases in Cumbria and Lancashire are more common than the all-England average and that there are also particular cancer types which are much more common than we would expect - including head and neck cancers and some rarer types such as mesothelioma. These local patterns result from the genetic factors in the population in general but also local environmental and life-style factors.
The Charity uses the funds given to it by supporters in order to fund world class research in our area and which concentrates on those cancer types which are most common here. Examples include a three year project at Blackpool Hospital to develop a saliva test for the early detection of lung cancer and a project at Lancaster University studying triple-negative breast cancer – which is the most difficult to treat with current therapies.
The Charity will shortly commence work on a study of cancer rates in the Morecambe Bay CCG area using a unique local data source and they hope will provide a much greater depth of information around the factors which cause cancer rates in our area.
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