Oracle announces new Patron Sir Michael Morpurgo

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1st June 2018

Oracle Cancer Trust, the UK’s leading charity dedicated to funding research into head and neck cancer, announces that Michael Morpurgo will become its new patron. Best known as the author of ‘War Horse’, Michael has recently revealed his own diagnosis with cancer of the larynx.

Now as Oracle’s new patron, he intends to do all that he can to help Oracle in raising awareness and funding for head and neck cancer research. In the UK, head and neck cancer is now the sixth most common cancer with a new person being diagnosed every 35 minutes.

Michael Morpurgo said:

“Head and neck cancers are becoming frighteningly common. Sadly, levels of awareness about head and neck cancers are very low and it does not attract the level of support or funding that it should. I hope that by working with Oracle, we can change this.”

Head and neck cancers are now the fastest growing in the UK by numbers of patients, and are becoming increasingly common in younger patients. Even if treatment is successful, head and neck cancer patients can often suffer difficulties with taste, swallowing and speaking following treatment. These side-effects can severely impact patients’ long-term quality of life.

Jamie Newall, CEO of Oracle Cancer Trust added:

“The impact of head and neck cancer can be devastating. This is why Oracle is determined to fund pioneering research that will make treatments more effective and less invasive for patients. However, we need more support to combat this urgent and growing problem. That is why I am delighted Sir Michael has joined Oracle to help bring this issue to the forefront of people’s minds.”

According to 2016 figures, head and neck cancer research receives substantially less funding and awareness than other cancer types. Head and neck cancer receives 40 per cent less research funding per patient than breast cancer.