Steve Backs Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

(October 20, 2014)

 Steve with Childhood Cancer Certificate

Liverpool Walton MP Steve Rotheram has pledged is support to the Child Cancer Awareness Month 2014 and received a certificate for his help in raising the topic in parliament.

Steve explained, "1,600 children (aged 0-15) are diagnosed with cancer every year in the UK, but more than a third (34%) of adults in Britain underestimated this number. In addition almost a third (32%) underestimated the distance that many families have to travel to receive treatment for cancer at a specialist hospital and one in three (34%) thought that the average amount of extra money a year families spend to cope with the extra costs of childhood cancer was less than the actual figure of £4,400. Just over four in ten (41%) correctly identified that a third of children with cancer experience bullying when they return to school  - and almost one in five (19%) believed that this could not be the case.

"The findings of the YouGov poll were shocking. My hope is that by raising political and social awareness, we can improve the practical, emotional and financial support that children with cancer and their families receive, and to make sure they can spend as much time as possible being cared for safely close to home.

"I hope people across Walton will do everything they can to support local children in their hours of greatest need",

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