Local MP Supports Cancer Research UK On World Cancer Day


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Brendan O’Hara showing his support for World Cancer Day, 4 February 2018.
Argyll and Bute MP, Brendan O’Hara attended an event in Parliament last week (Thursday 1 February) to show his support for Cancer Research UK this World Cancer Day, Sunday 4 February, 2018.

Mr O’Hara met with Cancer Research UK researchers and ambassadors at the event, learning about the charity’s life-saving research and how international collaboration is vital in beating the disease sooner.

Cancer Research UK called on men, women and children to make a donation for a Unity Band and wear it with pride.

The Unity Band features a classic reef knot design to symbolise the strength of people coming together to unite against cancer.

The bands are available in all Cancer Research UK stores for a suggested donation of £2 and can be worn in memory of a loved one, to celebrate people who’ve overcome the disease or in support of those going through treatment.

Money raised through Unity Band donations will help fund more research, more treatments and more cures – ultimately helping to save more lives.

Marked on February 4, World Cancer Day is designed to raise awareness of cancer and to promote its prevention, detection and treatment.

One in two people born after 1960 in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lifetime and although survival has doubled since the early 1970s, Cancer Research UK needs everyone to act right now to help speed up progress and see more people survive the disease.

Mr O’Hara said:

“I’m calling on people across Argyll and Bute to join me by wearing a Cancer Research UK Unity Band and spreading the word on social media in support of World Cancer Day by using the hashtag #UnityBand

“Whatever your motivation – to remember a loved one, celebrate people who have overcome the disease, or to rally in support of those going through treatment – World Cancer Day is a chance to get involved and transform the lives of millions of people who are affected by cancer.”



About Cancer Research UK


  • Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research.
  • Cancer Research UK’s pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives.
  • Cancer Research UK receives no government funding for its life-saving research. Every step it makes towards beating cancer relies on vital donations from the public.
  • Cancer Research UK has been at the heart of the progress that has already seen survival in the UK double in the last 40 years.
  • Today, 2 in 4 people survive their cancer for at least 10 years. Cancer Research UK’s ambition is to accelerate progress so that by 2034, 3 in 4 people will survive their cancer for at least 10 years.
  • Cancer Research UK supports research into all aspects of cancer through the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses.
  • Together with its partners and supporters, Cancer Research UK’s vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

For further information about Cancer Research UK’s work or to find out how to support the charity, please call 0300 123 1022 or visit www.cancerresearchuk.org. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

About World Cancer Day 2018


  • World Cancer Day takes place on Sunday 4 February 2018.
  • Around every two minutes, someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer. 
  • There are over 200 types of cancer and 65 million of us.  
  • Cancer Research UK is calling on the nation to wear a Unity Band which come in 3 different colours – navy, blue and pink.
  • Unity Bands are available in all Cancer Research UK stores and online at cruk.org/worldcancerday for a suggested donation of £2.
  • The money raised through Unity Band donations will help fund more research, more treatments and more cures and help save more lives.
  • Social media hashtag: #UnityBand

For further information about World Cancer Day, please visit www.cruk.org/worldcancerday