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A LEADING scientist is urging Wearsiders to back a new cancer campaign and help the region in the fight against the killer disease.

Huw Thomas, 45, is a senior researcher at the Northern Institute for Cancer Research at Newcastle University, which is carrying out pioneering research into different forms of the disease.

Mr Thomas has taken time out from his busy schedule to add his voice to Cancer Research UK’s Beat Cancer Sooner campaign –- and is asking his fellow Wearsiders to get involved.

With the number of people being diagnosed with cancer set to rise steeply by 2030, there’s still much more to do to ensure as may lives as possible across the North East are saved.

Mr Thomas, of Fence Houses, said: “This important campaign is helping to show that research can beat cancer.

“And that’s why we are asking people in the region to spend some time helping to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

“Whether it’s entering a fund-raising event, returning sponsorship money for Race for Life, or donating goods to your nearest Cancer Research UK shop, there are many ways to get involved.”

Research has been responsible for saving nearly 520,000 lives since the 1980s, and the number of cancer deaths prevented is estimated to double to one million by the end of this decade.

Mr Thomas added: “As the advances accelerate, we are already laying the foundations for the next generation of cancer treatments that will save millions of lives worldwide.

“These include personalised medicine where patients will have treatment tailored to their cancer, immunotherapy which harnesses the immune system to target cancer, better radiotherapy and improved surgery.

“But research is expensive and that’s why we need the help of local people to help us take the next steps.”

Some of the landmark advances in treatment include tamoxifen for breast cancer and cisplatin for testicular cancer – developments which involved Cancer Research UK researchers playing a key role.

Paul Wadsworth, of Cancer Research North East, said: “Every step we take towards beating cancer relies on every hour of research, every pound donated and every person who gets involved. So we hope people in the North East take a little time to join forces with us.”

For details, go to www.cancerresearchuk