UK: Tory MP Jeremy Hunt reveals he had cancer but has now recovered

Jeremy Hunt, the UK’s former health secretary, has revealed he had cancer but has now recovered, UK media reported. He said “every member of his family” had had the disease and noted that he had “a minor one”.

Hunt revealed the news as he prepares to take part in the Race for Life charity run. The 55-year-old is set to take part in a 5k run to raise money for cancer charities. During the race he will be joined by cancer survivor Rod Pluthero, 73. Tory MP Angela Richardson, 47, will also join him.

The Conservative MP for South West Surrey, quoted by The Guardian, said: ‘I myself had a minor one which fortunately has been resolved. So it has affected my family very dramatically and I know it has affected many families.”

Hunt added that his work on the select committee has shown him that there are many things that can be done to improve cancer survival rates. “They are getting better, but the more we can do to fundraise and raise awareness, the more lives we will save,” he added.

Richardson said, quoted by the website, “There will be few of us who have not been touched by cancer – with one in two people now developing it at some stage in our lives, research on effective treatments and disease prevention is an overwhelming health priority.”

Richardson, who represents the constituency of Guildford, further added that it is his “pleasure” to be able to join Hunt at the Race for Life. Richardson also praised himself for pushing the campaign forward together to enable the “best possible outcomes” for cancer patients in the future.

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