Scots are being urged to show support on World Cancer Day for everyone affected by the disease.
Cancer Research UK is calling on men, women and children to wear one of the charity’s brightly coloured Unity Bands with pride on Monday, 4th February 2019.
Every hour, around four people are diagnosed with cancer in Scotland and every year around 32,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in Scotland.*
Wearing a Unity Band is a way of showing solidarity with people affected by the disease.
The wristband is available in three different colours – navy, blue and pink. It can be worn in memory of a loved one, to celebrate people who’ve overcome cancer or in support of those going through treatment.
By making a donation for a Unity Band, people across the country can also help to fund life-saving research to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. Marked on 4th February 2019, World Cancer Day is designed to raise awareness of cancer and to promote its prevention, detection and treatment.
One in two people born after 1960 in the UK will be diagnosed with the disease at some point in their lifetime. The good news is, thanks to research, more people are surviving than ever before. Survival has doubled in the last 40 years in the UK and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress.
But the charity needs everyone to act right now to help speed up advances which will enable people to spend more precious time with their loved ones.
Lisa Adams, Cancer Research UK spokeswoman in Scotland, said: “World Cancer Day is a great opportunity for people across Scotland to unite and show solidarity with everyone whose life has been touched by the disease.
“Today as many people survive cancer as die from cancer, but there’s still much more to do. By raising money for life-saving research, a Unity Band is a powerful accessory in the fight against the disease. That’s why we hope Scots will wear their unity band with pride, knowing they are helping to beat cancer. Small actions really can make a big difference.”
Cancer Research UK’s research has played a role in developing eight of the world’s top 10 cancer drugs. Thanks to the generosity of its supporters, the charity was able to spend around £38 million last year in Scotland on some of the UK’s leading scientific and clinical research.
Glasgow is home to the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute where a thriving community of cancer scientists and doctors are working to reduce the impact of this disease around the world. An exciting programme of work has been established to look for ways to tailor treatment for pancreatic cancer.
And in Edinburgh the charity funds a team at the MRC Human Genetics Unit who are leading research in to the genetic and environmental causes of bowel cancer. This work is moving a step closer to tests that can spot people at higher risk of the disease so they can be offered advice, screening and treatment, improving survival for people with this type of cancer.
Unity Bands are available for a suggested donation of £2 from all 84 Cancer Research UK shops across Scotland and online at cruk.org/worldcancerday.