March 31, 2014 3:23 PM

MP for Cheadle constituency, Mark Hunter, attended Cancer Research UK's parliamentary event to discover more about the power of research which, every week, saves over 2,800 people from cancer.

Mark said: "It is truly inspiring to see what research can achieve. That's why I'm backing Cancer Research UK's campaign to make every moment count in the fight against cancer and I'm encouraging everyone to join me." Cancer Research UK

Every year around 38,800 people in the North West and more than 330,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with cancer. Thanks to research, survival rates have doubled in the last 40 years. This means that 45 per cent of those people will survive the disease for more than 10 years.

Cancer Research UK's work has been at the heart of that progress. The charity's researchers have played a key role in the research leading to some of the landmark advances in treatment including tamoxifen for breast cancer and cisplatin for testicular cancer.

Cancer Research UK's Head of Policy, Sara Osborne, said: "It's great to have Mark's support to highlight the power of research in saving lives and to raise awareness of how much more we need to do to ensure no-one's life is cut short by cancer.

"Although more people are beating the disease than ever before, survival rates in the UK still lag behind the best in Europe for nearly all common cancers. This must change and that's why we need everyone to back our campaign for improvements in all areas of the patient's journey, from earlier diagnosis to access to the best treatments."

"We know how effective radiotherapy is in treating cancer. Radiotherapy and surgery are responsible for around 90 per cent of cases where cancer is cured. That's why Cancer Research UK wants to ensure all patients across the UK can access vital, innovative radiotherapy and surgery treatment as soon as possible."

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