This week marked World Cancer Day and an event in Parliament to talk to experts about research, treatment and statistics in our own constituencies.

Romsey and Southampton North have a slightly below-average number of smokers but we do need to be prepared to take radical action if we want to see a smoke-free Britain and tackle the biggest cause of cancer.

Of course, we also heard about His Majesty the King's cancer diagnosis this week.

As I said on Peston on Monday night, it is very brave to be open about cancer, but it is a great example King Charles has set.  Men, in particular, often put off medical appointments which is why Prostate Cancer UK run high-profile campaigns to raise awareness of the need for checks. With cancer, early diagnosis and treatment is so important, and therefore learning the signs can be life-saving.

It was wonderful to meet apprentices from this constituency in Parliament this week, including Eloise, who is now Deputy Manager at the Mayfly at Stockbridge and two engineering apprentices from Middle Wallop. Ryan and Chelsea have both worked on Apache helicopters and their pride in the job they do was so apparent.

Rt Hon Caroline Nokes MP

Chair of the Women and Equalities Committee