That Conservative MP mentioned he will probably be participating in a 5K race to lift cash for most cancers charities after the sickness hit a few of his relations “very dramatically” and he suffered a “minor” one himself.
Mr Hunt will swap his blue occasion coloration for pink to symbolize Most cancers Analysis UK within the charity’s Race for Life this summer time.
The South West Surrey MP will probably be amongst 1000’s on July 24 at Stoke Park, Guildford.
Mr Hunt, at present Chair of the Well being and Social Care Choice Committee, mentioned: “Each member of my household has had most cancers.
“I had a small one myself which fortunately obtained mounted.
“So it affected my household very strongly and I do know it touched many, many households.
“My work on the choose committee has proven me that there are various issues we will do to enhance our most cancers survival charges.
“They’re getting higher, however the extra we will do to lift cash and lift consciousness, the extra lives we’ll save.”
The 55-year-old MP will run with most cancers survivor Rod Pluthero, 73, and Tory MP Angela Richardson, 47.
The 2 MEPs additionally help a marketing campaign to create a Most cancers and Surgical Innovation Heart on the Royal Surrey Hospital in Guildford.
Ms Richardson, representing Guildford, mentioned: “There will probably be few of us untouched by most cancers – with one in two folks now growing it during their lives, analysis into profitable remedies and prevention of the illness is an amazing well being precedence .
“Jeremy has been an advocate and advocate for most cancers analysis, superior remedies and higher affected person experiences for a few years.
“It’s my pleasure to have the ability to be a part of him within the Race for Life and that collectively we are going to advance this marketing campaign to make sure the very best outcomes for most cancers sufferers sooner or later.”
Mr Pluthero, from Haslemere, Surrey, was efficiently handled for tongue most cancers in 2016 and 2018 however was identified with squamous cell carcinoma of the decrease proper jaw in 2020.
He underwent a ten and a half hour operation wherein surgeons changed a part of his jaw with bone from his fibula, saving his life.
Mr Pluthero mentioned: “We’re all keen about enhancing the lives of most cancers sufferers, from the second they’re identified by all of the remedies which might be wanted.
“We need to enhance each facet of it, develop higher and gentler remedies and obtain higher outcomes.
“By taking part in Race for Life, folks fund analysis into life-saving discoveries, much less harsh remedies and methods to teach folks about way of life selections.
“They usually additionally assist maintain family members collectively longer, rejoice folks’s milestone birthdays, and produce ahead the day when all 200 cancers are cured.”
Based on Most cancers Analysis UK, half of individuals born after 1960 within the UK will develop most cancers of their lifetime.
Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is a nationwide sequence of 3K, 5K and 10K races and kids’s occasions, elevating hundreds of thousands of kilos every year.
Lynn Daly, spokeswoman for Most cancers Analysis UK within the South East, mentioned the group was wanting ahead to welcoming runners and walkers of all ages and skills.
She mentioned: “Race for Life Guildford this 12 months will probably be enjoyable, emotional, colourful, uplifting and an occasion to recollect.”
Oonagh Turnbull, Tesco’s Head of Well being Campaigns, added: “This will probably be our twenty first 12 months in partnership with Most cancers Analysis UK and Race for Life and we hope this 12 months could be the largest but.”