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Last year we spent nearly £4 million in institutes, hospitals and universities in Wales on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research.  We work in partnership with Cardiff University, Cardiff and Vale Health Board and Velindre NHS Trust to support research in Wales into all aspects of cancer. Our research in Wales includes research into bowel, breast, urological and prostate cancers, as well as leukaemia.

In the UK, 1 in 2 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Every year around 19,500 people in Wales are diagnosed with cancer. Thanks to research, cancer survival in Wales is improving, with 58.5% of people surviving their cancer for five years or more. Yet there is still more to be done to accelerate progress so that 3 in 4 people survive their cancer by 2034.

Health is a devolved matter in Wales. This means that decisions about health policy in Wales are made by the Welsh Assembly and the Welsh Government. We work with Welsh Government, the Welsh Assembly and its 60 Members to keep cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care among Wales’ top public policy priorities.

In Wales Cancer Research UK has:

  • 2017: Supported initiatives to improve earlier diagnosis in Wales, including funding evaluation of the Rapid Diagnostic Clinic pilots in South Wales, and supporting the Single Cancer Pathway.
  • 2018: Provided thought leadership on the barriers facing the medical research environment in Wales. Our work has been used to develop a new Wales cancer research strategy.
  • 2019: Co-led the Obesity Alliance Cymru, which has been a driving force in influencing the content of Welsh Government’s draft Healthy Weight: Healthy Wales strategy on obesity, including action on price promotions on HFSS (high fat, salt and sugar) food and drink and restricting new hot food takeaways near schools.

Diagnosing people at the earliest stage of cancer is critical to giving patients the best chance of survival. Diagnosing more cancers earlier will rely, in part, on testing more people and addressing the gaps in the diagnostic workforce to meet current and future patient need.

Cancer Research UK welcomes Welsh Government’s commitment to making early diagnosis a priority. Current Welsh Government initiatives to support these goals include the Single Cancer Pathway and piloting rapid diagnostic clinics. However, these efforts are at risk of being undermined by serious gaps in the diagnostic workforce.

Cancer Research UK recommends that the Welsh Government should:

  • Conduct an audit of Welsh diagnostic staff numbers
  • Increase clinical training places in line with present and future patient need
  • Consider innovative methods of training for endoscopy and cellular pathology
  • Take a national approach to skills mix

Being overweight or obese is the single biggest risk factor for cancer after smoking in Wales and is linked to 13 types of cancer. In Wales, 59% of adults are overweight or obese. Wales has the highest rate of childhood obesity in Great Britain, with 27.1% of children aged 4-5 years old being overweight or obese. Cancer Research UK welcome the Welsh Government’s plan to prevent and reduce obesity rates in wales.

We are calling for:

  • Actions to restrict price promotion on foods high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) and;
  • Planning guidelines to regulate and restrict the availability of hot food takeaways near schools to be implemented as a priority.

Research is vital in finding new ways to understand, diagnose and treat cancer. Wales has the potential to deliver high quality medical research due to its population size and geography; the centralised structure of its health system; and the high quality of Wales’ university research. Despite this, lack of strategic thinking is limiting Wales’ ability to attract research funding and talent. Wales needs a clear vision for a world-class medical research environment that benefits cancer patients.

Cancer Research UK calls for the Welsh Government to:

  • Better co-ordinate and plan for medical research;
  • Fully implement the recommendations of the Welsh Government-commissioned Diamond and Reid reviews;
  • Increase QR funding for universities;
  • Assess the potential effect of Brexit on medical research, including addressing any loss of funding for programmes such as Sêr Cymru;
  • Explore ways to improve patient access to clinical trials.

Campaign For Change Right Now

Campaigns Ambassadors play a critical role in our mission to beat cancer sooner. They save lives by persuading politicians to support cancer research, prevention, early diagnosis and access to treatments.

You can be part of a determined group that have made significant changes to the nation’s health.

Our successes have included:

  • Bringing in laws to protect young people from sunbeds.
  • Ending smoking in enclosed work and public places.
  • Ensuring Welsh Government is committed to restricting price promotions on unhealthy foods and limiting hot food takeaways near schools

This is a flexible, home-based volunteering role, which can fit around your current commitments.

Become an Ambassador today

Share Your Story

Media volunteers are at the heart of helping Cancer Research UK raise awareness of our work in Wales. By sharing personal experiences, our volunteers also inspire others to support us.

If you have a cancer experience and would feel comfortable with details appearing in a newspaper, online, radio, TV, magazines or on social media then we’d be grateful if you could complete our Share Your Story form

Everyone’s story is important. By becoming a media volunteer, you can:

  • help highlight the experiences of real people affected by cancer.
  • raise awareness of symptoms and help with cancer prevention.
  • give inspiration and hope to other people affected by cancer.
  • inspire others to fundraise for Cancer Research UK.

Once you have filled out the form, your details will be stored on a secure database. We won’t share any of your details without your permission and a member of experienced staff will contact you directly if a suitable media opportunity arises.

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