Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has today marked the start of Sarcoma Awareness Month by pledging his support to a campaign calling for the rare but devastating cancer to be given more specialist research funding.
Sarcomas are a group of rare but devastating cancers of the soft tissue and bones. Sarcoma is often referred to as ‘The Loneliest Cancer’ due to it’s rarity and lack of accurate diagnosis and treatments. 15 people are diagnosed with Sarcoma every day, and of those 15 only half will survive for five years.
Symptoms of sarcoma include a lump that cannot easily be moved around and bone pain. If you are exhibiting one or more of those symptoms you should see your GP immediately to have your symptoms checked.
Sarcoma Awareness Month is organised by the charity Sarcoma UK. In 2011, the Sarcoma Trust and Sarcoma UK joined to become a new single charity for sarcoma patients, carers and relatives in the UK.
Ten years on and Sarcoma UK has invested more than £4.3 million into scientific and medical research; supported almost 2,500 people through the Sarcoma UK Support Line, and worked with national governing bodies, sarcoma specialist centres and organisations to advocate for better and earlier treatments for people affected by sarcoma.
Speaking at the start of Sarcoma Awareness Month, Andrew Gwynne said:
”Sarcoma is such a devastating disease, but is often overlooked and ignored. That needs to change.
We need to see increased funding earmarked for specialist sarcoma care and research, and need to make sure that people are aware of how to spot the early signs of sarcoma.
Catching cancer early is the best way to have a positive outcome. I would urge anyone who has bone pain or a lump anywhere on the body which is increasing in size to contact their GP immediately.”
For more information on sarcoma visit the Sarcoma UK website here.