Don wristbands to fight cancer, charity urges

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Cancer Research UK calls for support ahead of World Cancer Day.

14th January 2020 by Gavin Stuart 1 Comment

Scots are being urged to don wristbands to show support for people affected by cancer.

The brightly-coloured Unity Bands are being distributed by Cancer Research UK (CRUK) ahead of World Cancer Day on Tuesday 4 February.

Available in pink, blue and navy, the bands can be worn in memory of a loved one, to celebrate people who have overcome cancer, or in support of those going through treatment.

By making a donation for a Unity Band, people across Scotland can also help to fund life-saving research to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

CRUK said there are now 88 cancer diagnoses every day in Scotland, with 32,000 people being diagnosed with the disease each year. Across the UK, one in two people born after 1960 will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lifetime.

Lisa Adams, CRUK spokeswoman in Scotland, said: “World Cancer Day is a great opportunity for people across Scotland to unite and show solidarity with everyone whose life has been touched by the disease.

“Our research has played a role in developing eight of the world’s top 10 cancer drugs and we’re working every day to find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease. But we can’t do it alone.

“That’s why we hope people across Scotland will wear a Unity Band with pride, knowing they are helping to beat cancer. Small actions really can make a big difference.”

Unity Bands are available for a suggested donation of £2 from all 83 Cancer Research UK shops across Scotland and online from the charity’s website.

21st January 2020 by Pat Stewart

"100% polyester with plastic beads" - Do we need more plastic in the world? Surely it is time for charities to find other ways to show "unity" when everyone is being asked to cut down on their plastic use...