Christopher Whiteside MBE is Conservative County Councillor for the Egremont North and St Bees Division of Cumbria County Council. The division includes St Bees, Bigrigg, Wood End, Moor Row, part of the Mirehouse area of Whitehaven, and surrounding countryside.
He is also deputy chair (political and campaigning) of the North-West region of the voluntary wing of the Conservative party.
Chris lives and works in Copeland with his wife and family.
Cancer is a devastating disease which wrecks far too many lives, but by finding cancer before signs and symptoms even appear, we can give people the best possible chance of beating the disease.
That is why today, the NHS is launching the world’s largest trial of a revolutionary new blood test – the Galleri test - that can detect more than 50 types of cancer before symptoms appear. If this trial is successful, it will save many lives and play a major part in achieving our NHS Long Term Plan ambition to catch three quarters of cancers at an early stage.
Ensuring fewer people need treatment for advanced cancer is vital for patient care, and another example of the NHS innovating to be more efficient – which will be crucial in bringing down the backlog.