Press releases > Cancer Research

North Thanet`s MP, Sir Roger Gale, attended Cancer Research UKís parliamentary event to discover more about the power of research which, every week, saves more than five times as many lives as there are seats in the chamber of the House of Commons.  
This astonishing fact means over 2,800 people will survive cancer every week thanks to research.
Sir Roger said:
“Itís a real eye-opener to visualise the number of lives saved in terms of seats in the House of Commons. It is truly inspiring to see what research can achieve.  Thatís why Iím backing Cancer Research UKís campaign to make every moment count in the fight against cancer and Iím encouraging everyone to join me.Ē

Every year around 43,100 people in the South East 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 UKís work has been at the heart of that progress.  The charityís 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.

North Thanet`s MP, Sir Roger Gale, holds a placard emblazoned with the figure 2,800 which represents the number of lives saved every week in the UK thanks to research. This is enough people to fill the seats in the House of Commons five times over.
However, despite the successes, Cancer Research UK believes much more can be done to help more people in the South East and across the UK beat cancer sooner. 
The focus of the reception was on the importance of early diagnosis, radiotherapy and surgery in helping to save more lives.
Cancer Research UKís Head of Policy, Sara Osborne, said: “Itís great to have Roger`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-oneís 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 thatís why we need everyone to back our campaign for improvements in all areas of the patientís journey, from earlier diagnosis to access to the best treatments.Ē
She continued: “The number of people being diagnosed with cancer is set to rise steeply by 2030 so we need everyone to make every moment count.
“Evidence shows that early diagnosis helps save lives. Thatís why we believe itís imperative for funding to continue for public awareness programmes which boost knowledge of the signs and symptoms of cancer as well as removing the barriers to accessing breast, bowel and cervical screening.
“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. Thatís why Cancer Research UK wants to ensure all patients across the UK can access vital, innovative radiotherapy and surgery treatment as soon as possible.Ē
For more information on how to get involved, visit


Ask Roger
Click here to email
Roger your question

Find us on Facebook

Useful & interesting links

Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation

Kent County Council

Canterbury City Council

Thanet District Council

Roger is a patron of Animals Worldwide. Helping animals across the world

KASTDA - Kent Association for Sri Lankan Tsunami DAruwo - KASTDA is a tsunami charity dedicated to raising funds in the UK to help Sri Lankan children rebuild their lives after the boxing day tsunami