Friday, 5 February 2016

World Cancer Day - Letter to MP

As well as planning to climb Kilimanjaro to raise funds for charity I'm also spending my time campaigning on the issues of profiteering and conflicts of interest within the cancer industry, something which I was very shocked to discover during our cancer journey.  It is hard to believe but cancer has become one of the most lucrative markets on the planet, while one person dies of the disease every four seconds.  As high profit levels depend on time-limited patents, profits would plummet if genuine cures were developed, so it's not surprising that progress in developing cures is slow - we are relying of profit-motivated organisations to develop cures that are not in their interest.

Yesterday was World Cancer Day and I chose this day to write to my MP about these issues, which I believe are the single biggest obstacle to bringing forward the day when we no longer live in fear of cancer

I've shared my letter on Huffington Post: Cancer Widower's Letter to MP about Cancer's Tug of War
If you agree with the issues raised in my letter please help me to put pressure on the Government to tackle this problem by forwarding the link to your own MP - there is a link at the bottom of the Huffington Post page to do this.

UPDATE : I have now launched a campaign called “Dying for a Cure” to press for changes to tackle this issue.  It has its own website (, petition, Facebook and Twitter pages.  Please visit the website to find out more and see how you can support the campaign.