Labour Chingford and Woodford Green election candidate Bilal Mahmood is backing an appeal to help save the lives of more people with cancer in the constituency and across the UK. 

With the countdown to the General Election under way, the Labour party candidate has lent his support to Cancer Research UK’s ‘Cross Cancer Out’ campaign.


Playing on the idea of a ballot paper, the campaign asks election candidates to help ‘Cross Cancer Out’ by backing a raft of vital measures to ensure cancer patients are diagnosed much earlier and have greater access to the best possible treatments.


Thanks to research, survival rates have doubled in the UK in the last forty years. But with more and more people being diagnosed, Cancer Research UK says determined political action is urgently needed to save more lives.


Bilal said: “We must not underestimate the devastating impact that cancer will have on families in Chingford and Woodford Green now and in the future. The good news is cutting-edge research carried out by charities like Cancer Research UK is turning the tables on the disease, but it is clear there is a critical role for politicians to play in helping to detect cancer earlier and bring innovative new treatments to patients faster. That’s why Labour has committed to ensuring everyone will be tested on the NHS within one week if there’s a concern about Cancer.”


“The political drive to beat cancer must match the pace of progress in research. That’s why I’m backing the ‘Cross Cancer Out’ campaign and joining the fight to beat cancer sooner.”


Sarah Woolnough, Executive Director of Policy and Information at Cancer Research UK said: “We know the earlier patients can be diagnosed and access the treatments they need, the more lives will be saved.


“The next Government’s decisions will affect how fast and how far we progress in the next five years, towards our goal of beating the disease. It is a big ambition but we know with the right political support we will get there sooner – so we’re asking all local election candidates to make a commitment to ‘Cross Cancer Out’ and help ensure no-one’s life is cut short by the disease.”

For more information and ways to get involved in the campaign, visit or join the conversation on twitter #CrossCancerOut.

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