Help spread the word and volunteer in your area by raising awareness of the life saving work our chairty does.
At a time of difficult economic choices, it is more crucial than ever that political parties and other organisations adopt health and science policy measures that are effective, strategic and evidence-based.
Cancer Research UK is uniquely placed to inform political debate. We spend over £330 million on research every year, the only ones fighting all 200 cancers. Our scientists, doctors and nurses give expert advice to those developing science and healthcare policies.
Our policy priorities
We campaign on issues across the patient pathway, from prevention to early diagnosis to treatment. We are asking politicians in Westminster to help us beat cancer sooner by:
- Prioritising early diagnosis within health departments, the NHS and public health
- Committing to reduce the number of adults who smoke to less than 15% of the population (from 20%)
- Ensuring all cancer patients in the NHS can access the best radiotherapy, surgery and chemotherapy treatments available
- Continuing to support the UK’s world leading cancer research infrastructure
How we can help
How we work
We take every opportunity to meet ministers, politicians and civil servants to tell them what we think about important issues and how legislation and public policy could be changed for the better.
Our policy experts, researchers and clinicians provide expert evidence to Select and other Committees, All Party Parliamentary Groups and public inquiries. They also help us frame responses to key Government departments and other relevant public consultations.
Our Public Affairs team arranges a variety of events throughout the year including:
- photocalls at Westminster – including expert briefings, drop-in sessions and receptions
- visits to our local cancer research centres
- constituency photocalls in our high street shops or at our Cancer Awareness Roadshow
- political party conference activities
- joint events with the APPGs we support, the Association of Medical Research Charities, the Smokefree Action Coalition and the Cancer Campaigning Group
These events enable us to share with politicians their latest local cancer statistics, highlight our policy calls, demonstrate the local and national impact of our pioneering research, show how we work in partnership, find out more about how we can help politicians and their researchers with their work at Westminster, and involve our supporters in our policy work.
We also write detailed briefings for parliamentarians for debates, personalised speaking notes and further information upon request, to ensure that politicians are given the tools to keep cancer on the agenda.
Help us in your constituency
There are a number of ways we can work together. For example:
- Use our local cancer statistics briefings and let us know if you want to know more. They contain recommended questions for your local clinical commissioning groups and local authorities
- If you have a local Cancer Campaigns Ambassador they will introduce themselves to you – we hope you can take the time to meet them
- Visit your nearest Cancer Research UK research centre
- Display our health information leaflets in your surgery
- Link to our patient information service CancerHelp.org.uk
Help us at Westminster
- Ask questions and speak out: we can provide support
- Work with us on legislation: if a Bill’s going through Parliament affecting our researchers, people with cancer or to help prevent cancer then we have views to share
- Have a quick catch up with us: find out the latest news and how you can help us make more progress
- If you want the facts on a cancer story in the news, check our blog
- Follow us on Twitter – we’re generous with our retweets!
To request a meeting or further information about our work please contact the Public Affairs team.
For your local stats, tailored for your constituency, visit the Local Cancer Statistics website.