KEIGHLEY MP Kris Hopkins has learned more about pioneering work being carried out to boost the survival rates of cancer patients.

He met Cancer Research UK scientists in Westminster where he was told about the charity's ambition that within two decades, three out of four patients diagnosed should survive at least ten years.

Mr Hopkins took part in interactive experiments, discovering more about the biology of cancer.

Currently, two in four people diagnosed with cancer survive for at least ten years – compared to just one in four in the early 1970s.

"Many more people are taking on and beating the disease and Cancer Research UK deserves great credit for the excellent work it does," said Mr Hopkins.

“But more progress needs to be made and I am happy to support all efforts to increase survival rates still further.”

Sara Osborne, for Cancer Research UK, said: “It’s great to have Kris’ support to highlight the vital role MPs and their constituents can play in helping to tackle all cancers.

“We must not underestimate the devastating impact that cancer has on the lives of those with a diagnosis and their families."