At all party conferences, there are a wide variety of stands provided by voluntary and commercial organisations. I always take some time going round these, particularly if constituents have asked me to call in on a particular stand. Many constituents asked me to call in on the Prostate Cancer UK stand, which I did. This is a charity which I support, and the charity is anxious to drive prostate cancer up the list of cancer priorities. It is the biggest cancer killer for men, and the charity is campaigning for earlier diagnosis and treatment appropriate for the particular cancer. Below is their Press release
"George Young has pledged to help eradicate the inequalities men with prostate cancer face after speaking with campaigners at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham this week.
Despite being the most common cancer in men, those affected by or at risk of prostate cancer continue to face a number of injustices, particularly when it comes to access to the best treatments and aftercare support for their condition.
Prostate Cancer UK was at the Labour conference calling for urgent action on these issues. As well as pledging long term commitment to helping bring about real change for men, politicians were being asked to show their support for the charity’s game plan by signing up to Men United – a new team which seeks to unite people across the UK against the common enemy of prostate cancer.
I also visited the RNIB stand, as the Macular Society is based in the constituency and they have close links with RNIB. RNIB are campaigning for Sight Loss Advisers to be based in hospitals or health centres, giving professional advice to those who have been informed that they are at risk of losing their site either totally or partially.