Yesterday (16 April 2024) Cancer52, an alliance of over 100 charities representing rare and less common cancers, launched The Other Half. A manifesto to transform outcomes for people with rare and less common cancers. The event was hosted by Will Quince MP at the House of Commons, Westminster. Action Kidney Cancer was represented at the event by Sharon Deveson Kell.

In total, the reception was attended by over 80 people, including 11 MPs, plus stakeholders from Cancer Research UK, Macmillan Cancer Support, Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England, and pharmaceutical companies. Patient representatives also attended and several were met by their constituency MPs. 

Together we formed a collective voice for action on rare and less common cancers!

In their manifesto, Cancer52 outline three key priorities, listed below, as well as further actionable steps for the next government.

Priority 1: Reduce the number of deaths from rare and less common cancers by 15% by 2040, saving 80,000 lives, and address health inequalities that contribute to poorer outcomes.

Priority 2: Increase early diagnosis of rare and less common cancers which will improve patient experience, quality of life and help save more lives.

Priority 3: A new national mission on rare and less common cancers with patient involvement at its core.

Read Cancer52’s Manifesto here.