North West Wales

Bangor University cancer unit opens doors after decade

Dr Edgar Hartsuiker
Image caption The research centre needs constant investment, says chairman Dr Edgar Hartsuiker

Scientists celebrating more than a decade of research towards finding a cancer cure have opened their doors to the public.

Bangor University's North West Cancer Research Institute started in 2004 with a core team of just five people.

Now, more than 40 researchers from around the world work there.

The centre relies heavily on charitable donations and organisers hope Saturday's open day will encourage people to donate towards research.

Work done there includes looking at human cells to investigate tumour invasion, as well as cancer cell resistance to treatments.

Image caption Jayne Belton's cancer surgeon was funded by the institute

Dr Edgar Hartsuiker, the institute's chairman, said: "In order for us to be able to expand our ability to perform cutting-edge research here at Bangor University, we need to continually invest in the latest equipment, technologies and expertise - which is why we need as much support as possible from communities in and around Bangor and north Wales."

Former cancer patient Jayne Belton, from Wrexham, was diagnosed with skin cancer in 2013.

After discovering one of her surgeons was funded by the institute, she began fundraising for the centre.

Now recovered from the illness, she said: "The thing about North West Cancer Research is it's local people raising funds for local research, which is done locally, and that's crucial.

"It's really important that people fund that so it can keep going, because ultimately it will affect one in three of us at some stage in our lives sadly."

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