Health written question – answered on 8th September 2014.

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Photo of Katy Clark Katy Clark Labour, North Ayrshire and Arran

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to improve public awareness of neuroblastoma.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Public Health England runs a number of campaigns under the Be Clear on Cancer brand. These campaigns are aimed at the demographic groups most likely to develop cancer and to delay presentation, and focus on raising public awareness of the signs and symptoms of certain cancers. Priority has been given to those cancers with the largest number of potentially avoidable deaths—these include breast cancer (particularly targeting older women), bowel cancer, lung cancer and kidney and bladder cancers.

There are no plans at present to include neuroblastoma specifically in the Be Clear on Cancer campaigns but the existing campaigns do help to encourage earlier presentation to general practitioners with any worrying symptom. We will continue to keep these campaigns under review and work with relevant experts to see what might be done to tackle other cancers such as neuroblastoma.

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