MP Supports Cancer UK
Mansfield MP Sir Alan Meale MP this week joined Cancer Research UK, the nation’s largest campaigning organisation trying to find a cure and establish necessary treatment and care mechanisms for sufferers of the illness, to highlight the numbers of sufferers in Britain and in particular the Mansfield area.
Speaking from Westminster he said:
“Currently in the Mansfield and Ashfield area we have around 1,100 cancer cases per year, with an average death toll of 550. If you take the whole of Nottinghamshire the number runs into many thousands. It’s obvious from these figures the reasons why its so high – for instance death rates of smokers are 332 per 100,000 per annum against a much lower average of 289 elsewhere. Spending on average £31.1 million per year on tobacco products with about 11 % more people from Mansfield smoking above the average in the UK. Adult obesity is also 9% higher, with 58% of women and 65% of men being obese or overweight. Currently the wider cost of obesity in England is calculated at £27 billion per annum – that’s upto £40 million per annum in this area’s healthcare budget, loss of work and death. And similar figures reveal a figure of £31 million locally for smokers – that’s an average cost of £232 per head, per year in the area for those two elements alone.
“It therefore makes sense for local residents to change their lifestyles ie stop smoking, keep a healthy weight, drink less alcohol, be sun smart and become more active. In the long run it will let local people live longer, live healthier and have a better life.”
Sir Alan signed up to the Cancer Research UK’s campaign to help get their message across in the Mansfield and Ashfield area.
Sir Alan Meale MP
See local cancer statistics for Mansfield on the Cancer Research UK website here