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John Baron opened the conference by reflecting on the past year, in particular highlighting the publication of the new Cancer Strategy (for England) and the activities undertaken by the APPG on Cancer including the Summer Reception, and the two debates the Group had led in Parliament.
He emphasised the importance of delivering the recommendations set out in the Cancer Strategy (for England), and highlighted research from both Incisive Health and Cancer Research, and Macmillan Cancer Support which outlined the case for making investment now in order to deliver savings in later years.
He outlined some of the key issues the APPGC is currently focusing on including early diagnosis (in particular, monitoring one year cancer survival rates), the needs of people living with and beyond cancer, rarer cancers and the Cancer Drugs Fund.
He closed by stating that this year, instead of publishing a report, the APPGC wanted to ask delegates for their views, and announced that the APPG would be publishing a report based on the day following the conference.