Camilla marked World Cancer Day with a brief statement addressed to people with cancer and those working to find a cure against this “devastating disease”. The Duchess of Cornwall said: “As the proud president of Maggie’s, I wanted to mark World Cancer Day by sending my very best wishes to all those who are living with cancer at this extremely challenging time.
“You are very much in my thoughts and prayers today.
“I should also like to thank, from the bottom of my heart, those who are working to create a future without cancer.
“You give us hope that, together, we will be able to defeat this devastating disease.”
Camilla has been the president of Maggie’s – a charity providing free cancer support and information – since 2008.
Last October, Camilla paid a face-to-face visit to one of Maggie’s centres to hear from people living with cancer how the pandemic is affecting their lives and treatment.
As reported by the charity, one in three people living with cancer say they have been affected by delays to treatment, diagnosis and missed appointments since COVID-19 hit Britain.
Camilla isn’t the only royal who actively support charities focused on helping people with cancer and research.
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Prince Charles is the patron of Macmillan Cancer Support, a charity providing specialist health care, information and financial support to people affected by cancer.
On January 1, the Prince of Wales highlighted the devastating impact coronavirus is having on people with cancer and people who are not being timely diagnosed with the disease.
In an article he penned for the Daily Telegraph, he said: “Macmillan has been adapting to this ever-evolving situation to ensure that cancer does not become ‘the Forgotten C’ during the pandemic but, even so, Covid has taken a devastating toll, with the charity losing a third of its fundraised income.
“These are truly daunting circumstances. However, a charity set up to tackle cancer is not easily daunted and, as we have seen throughout this last year, right across our country the formidable will and compassion of the British people have outshone every darkness.”
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