Dickson Tells Personal Cancer Story on Less Survivable Cancers Day
East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, has spoken about his experience of oesophageal cancer on Less Survivable Cancers Awareness Day – 11th January.
Mr Dickson said: “I am extraordinarily fortunate, that without lifesaving chemotherapy and major surgery, I would not be a survivor. However, with survival rates of less survivable cancers being so low, the significance of raising their public profile is not lost on me.
“Tragically, the six less survivable cancers have an average five-year survival rate of only 16%. What’s more, these six cancers account for approximately 40% of all cancer deaths, and more than 90,000 people are diagnosed in the UK every year.”
Mr Dickson was speaking on Less Survivable Cancers Awareness Day, which aims to raise the profile of these six cancer types – cancers of the lung, pancreas, liver, brain, stomach and oesophagus.
Mr Dickson continued: “These cancers can be very difficult to diagnose, especially early on because there is little public awareness of their symptoms. It is crucial we change this, as only with early diagnosis and treatment, can we hope to improve survival rates.”
Mr Dickson concluded by saying: “As a cancer survivor, I am in an unenviably club of people who know how important early diagnosis and treatment is when faced with a less survivable cancer. Today is an excellent opportunity to get that message out into the public domain, and increase survival rates.”