Mark has attended the annual Macmillan Coffee Morning in Parliament to discuss the latest developments in cancer treatment and to learn more about cancer statistics in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin.
Members of Parliament at the event had the opportunity to hear from people living with cancer and also from cancer care professionals.
According to Macmillan, every year about 1,000 people in Telford & Wrekin are diagnosed with cancer. In 2022, Macmillan’s Support Line service supported 361 people in Telford and Wrekin.
The first Macmillan Coffee Morning happened back in 1990. According to Macmillan, it was a "small affair with a simple idea: guests would gather over coffee and donate the cost of their cuppa to Macmillan in the process." The Macmillan website (https://coffee.macmillan.org.uk/about/what/) states the Coffee Morning events have so far raised over £290 million for Macmillan. The 2022 Coffee Morning events raised £12 million.
To improve cancer outcomes, Telford & Wrekin is getting a new, government-funded, £4.5 million Community Diagnostic Centre. It is now close to completion and will open this year. The Centre will provide an additional 53,000 medical tests and scans every year, including MRI scans, CT scans and ultrasound scans to help detect cancer sooner.
"Macmillan Cancer Support’s Coffee Morning is a fantastic nationwide event, and I was pleased to show my support for their important work. I am pleased that the Government is committed to record investment in the NHS in Shropshire, including a new Community Diagnostic Centre, to help ensure that local people get the timely, high quality cancer care they deserve."