Norfolk MP backs fight against bone cancer

Sir Henry Bellingham MP, centre, with former bone cancer patient Jamie Wood and a member of the charity. Photo: SUBMITTED.
Sir Henry Bellingham MP, centre, with former bone cancer patient Jamie Wood and a member of the charity. Photo: SUBMITTED.

Sir Henry Bellingham, MP for North West Norfolk, has backed a new cancer campaign.

Mr Bellingham voiced his support for the Biggest Fight Against Bone Cancer, which aims to raise awareness and funds for primary bone cancer, at a parliamentary reception hosted by the Bone Cancer Research Trust.

He said: “I was disturbed to hear that survival rates for bone cancer have remained unchanged for over 25 years, and that patients who survive the disease often face disability as a result of life-altering surgery and treatment.

“It was great to hear more about the crucial work that the Bone Cancer Research Trust is doing to improve early diagnosis and treatment options and I’m pleased to have shown my support for the Biggest Fight Against Bone Cancer.”

At the reception Mr Bellingham heard that every year in the UK and Ireland around 600 new cases of primary bone cancer are diagnosed and around 300 people die from these cancers.

Young people are most likely to be affected as the disease has a peak incidence between the ages of 10- to 24-years-old.

Mr Bellingham also heard from Jamie Wood, a former bone cancer patient and amateur boxer who was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma in 2010.

He underwent 16 courses of chemotherapy and 3 major operations as part of his treatment.

Mr Wood, a former bone cancer patient and amateur boxer said: “Against the odds, I’ve beaten bone cancer and even returned to the boxing ring. Now I want MPs to understand what bone cancer patients go through and to back the Biggest Fight Against Bone Cancer to help raise much-needed awareness and funds.”

For more information, visit www.thebiggestfight.org.