Get in touch with our policy team to find out more information about our work and our policies.
Cancer Research UK is uniquely placed to inform political debate. We’re the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research. In 2016/17, we spent £432 million on research. Research is at the heart of our plan to reach our ambition of 3 in 4 people surviving cancer by 2034. We receive no funding from the Government for our research and rely on the generosity of the public.
With recent studies showing that an individual’s lifetime risk of cancer is increasing and now one in two people will be diagnosed with cancer, we need political action to beat cancer sooner.
We campaign on issues across the patient pathway, from prevention to early diagnosis to the treatment of cancer.
We believe that beating cancer sooner should be a key focus for this Government.
In this Parliament, we are seeking political support from all parties on our key policy calls:
- Prevention: Tackling tobacco and obesity has the potential to relieve huge pressures on the NHS, and secure its future. We want to see a new Tobacco Control Plan and full implementation of the Childhood Obesity Strategy. But we’d also like to see more ambitious moves to tackle childhood obesity, including restrictions on junk food marketing.
- Early Diagnosis: Diagnosing cancer at the earliest stages is crucial to giving patients the best chance of survival. However, the NHS doesn’t have enough people who are trained to carry out key diagnostic tests. We would like to see commitments to address workforce shortages in NHS diagnostic services.
- Treatments: Every patient should have access to the best, evidence-based treatment for them. We want to see the Accelerated Access Review recommendations implemented which outlined some promising ways to change the way drugs are priced and ensure patients receive treatments as quickly as possible.
- Leaving the EU: We know no single country or organisation is going to beat cancer on its own. We need to work together with partners across the globe, in Europe and worldwide, to achieve our ambitious vision of bringing forward the day when all cancers are cured. We want research to be a core priority for Brexit negotiations, including sending a clear and positive message to researchers already working in the UK, to show how much we value them.
The Public Affairs team takes every opportunity to meet ministers, parliamentarians and civil servants to speak to them about our views on important cancer and research issues.
Our policy experts, researchers and clinicians provide expert evidence to parliamentary 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:
- Events at Westminster – including expert briefings, drop-in sessions and receptions
- Visits to our local cancer research centres and high street shops
- Political party conference activities
- Joint events with other cancer charities and the APPGs we support, the Association of Medical Research Charities, the Smokefree Action Coalition, the Cancer Campaigning Group and the Obesity Health Alliance.
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, and allow politicians to find out more about how we can help with their work at Westminster.
There are a number of ways Parliamentarians can support us in Westminster and the constituency. For example:
- Using local cancer statistics when speaking to CCGs and local authorities
- Displaying our health information leaflets in constituency surgeries or constituency offices
- Meeting with the team to discuss our policy priorities
- Attending our events in Westminster to show your support
- Speaking out at debates on important cancer and research issues in Parliament
- Reading our blog for information on our work and cancer stories in the news
- Following us on twitter
We’re keen to work with Parliamentarians and provide them with the tools needed to keep cancer on the agenda.
We can help with:
- Local cancer statistics by constituency. We provide tailored local profiles with recommended questions for clinical commissioning groups and local authorities.
- Expert briefings, speaking notes and policy advice.
- Suggesting parliamentary questions.
- Meeting your constituency Cancer Campaigns Ambassador.
- Constituency visits to our shops, research centres, Cancer Awareness roadshows & local Race for Life events.