Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock's MP has given his support to Less Survivable Cancers Awareness Day, which took place yesterday (Thursday, January 11).

Allan Dorans is backing calls to improve the poor survival chances of people diagnosed with cancers of the lung, liver, brain, oesophagus, pancreas or stomach.

The Less Survivable Cancers Taskforce (LSCT) has released figures based on a new analysis of existing data and the world survival rankings of these cancers.

The data shows that out of 33 countries of comparable wealth and income levels, the UK ranks as low as 28th for five-year survival for both stomach and lung cancer. 

This rises slightly to 26th for pancreatic cancer, 25th for brain cancer and 21st and 16th for liver and oesophageal cancers respectively.

Mr Dorans said: "I fully support the Less Survivable Cancers Taskforce and their calls on Less Survivable Cancers Awareness Day to improve the currently terrible prospects for people diagnosed with these cancers."

Anna Jewell, chair of the LSCT, added: "People diagnosed with a less survivable cancer are already fighting against the odds for survival. The figures we're sharing today show that people living in the UK have even worse prospects than those living in comparable countries.

"We can see from these statistics that if we could bring the survivability of these cancers on level with the best-performing countries in the world then we could give valuable years to thousands of patients.

"If we’re going to see positive and meaningful change then all of the UK governments must commit to proactively investing in research and putting processes in place so we can speed up diagnosis and improve treatment options.

"It's a really positive step to see so many MPs including Allan Dorans supporting our Less Survivable Cancers Awareness Day."