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Belfast scientists urge people to lend support to World Cancer Day to aid research

Two Belfast scientists are asking for your help ahead of World Cancer Day.

Research Fellows Dr Matt Humphries and Dr Stephanie Craig at Queen's University Belfast have teamed up to encourage people to wear Cancer Research UK's Unity Band this Sunday.

Money raised through donations for Unity Bands will help fund crucial cancer research, like the work being carried out by the doctors who are working on a ground breaking project to develop new ways of analysing tumours that could help doctors identify the best treatments for patients.

Dr Humphries said: “Every hour someone in Northern Ireland is diagnosed with cancer so by wearing a Cancer Research UK Unity Band, people can show solidarity to those affected by the disease.

“As a cancer scientist, I know first-hand the impact the disease has on individuals and families.  That’s why I’m inviting everyone to be part of a movement that can help make a real difference to so many people’s lives.”

Cancer Research UK’s 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 three different colours – pink, navy and blue - 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.

Jean Walsh, Cancer Research UK spokeswoman for Northern Ireland said: “Making a donation and wearing a Unity Band is a simple, easy way to help fund vital research.

“Belfast is recognised worldwide for ground-breaking cancer research and last year around £3 million on our life-saving work in Belfast.

“But we need everyone to join together and back our doctors, scientists and nurses who are working on the front line to beat cancer every day. More Unity Bands worn means more research, more treatments and more cures.

“Banding together on World Cancer Day is a unique way for people in Northern Ireland to unite with the rest of the UK, and the world. It’s a chance to show that, together, we are a powerful force against cancer.”

Unity Bands are available in all Cancer Research UK shops and online.

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