Dad’s joy at cancer survival rate surge

Gareth Williams at The Union pub, Nether Edge
Gareth Williams at The Union pub, Nether Edge
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A dad from Sheffield who beat testicular cancer says he hopes a cure for the disease is near – after new figures revealed survival rates have soared.

The charity Cancer Research UK has said more than 96 per cent of men treated for the condition are still alive after 10 years, compared with fewer than 70 per cent in the 1970s.

Improvements are being put down to the chemotherapy drug cisplatin, which the charity helped to develop.

Gareth Williams, aged 38, who runs The Union Hotel in Nether Edge with wife Sarah, also 38, was diagnosed in 2010 after finding a tumour.

He needed surgery and 11 bouts of chemotherapy and was later given the all-clear.

“I think it’s good news, I remember the consultant saying to me that if I had my readings 20 years ago I wouldn’t have survived,” said the dad-of-two.

“I would like to think they will be able to cure it. If anything else does happen to me – or God forbid, my family – they have made that breakthrough now.”

Gareth said increased awareness had also helped improve survival rates.

Events at The Union Hotel have raised about £20,000 for Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.

Each year around 2,300 new cases of testicular cancer are diagnosed in the UK, with around 200 of those in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

It is the most common cancer in men aged 15 to 49.