Stephen Metcalfe, MP for South Basildon & East Thurrock, celebrated the past, present and future of research at a Cancer Research UK event in Westminster this week to mark the charity’s 20th anniversary.
Stephen Metcalfe MP had the chance to meet with researchers working on the latest breakthroughs and campaigners helping to deliver change in their communities, alongside learning about the cutting-edge discoveries.
In the UK, survival has doubled in the last 40 years and today, 2 in 4 people survive their cancer for at least 10 years. Cancer Research UK’s ambition is to accelerate progress so that by 2034, 3 in 4 people will survive their cancer for at least a decade.
Stephen Metcalfe said: “1 in 2 of us will get cancer in our lifetime and I know that everyone will have their own personal story about a family member, friend or themselves being diagnosed with cancer.
It truly is a horrible disease and I commend the work that Cancer Research UK do to continue to push research and help those suffering.
Cancer Research UK supports research into all aspects of cancer through the work of over 4,000 scientists, doctors and nurses and in addition it is extremely welcome to see the Government increasing NHS funding for cancer research as well as increasing the workforce to cope with the demand.
In 2020/21, £260 million was provided to continue to support commitments made in the NHS Long Term Plan, of which £52 million was provided to Health Education England to invest in the cancer and diagnostics workforce.”.