Moving scenes as Town Hall passes motion to tackle rare cancers

Hackney Council has unanimously resolved to work with local GPs and the NHS Trust to do more to tackle neuroendocrine tumours (NETs) and other rare cancers.

In moving scenes at a 31 October full council meeting, councillors were asked to raise their hands if someone in their life had received a cancer diagnosis, and keep them up if they had lost someone to the disease.

The vast majority of the chamber kept their hands in the air.

Cllr Rebecca Rennison (Lab, Kings Park), cabinet member for finance and housing needs, who made the motion, spoke of the need to raise awareness around NETs and other rare and uncommon cancers, which make up almost half of all cancer diagnoses.

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Cllr Rebecca Rennison, cabinet member for finance & housing needs. 
Photograph: Hackney Council.