MP Christopher Pincher, recently met with local campaigner Sharon Fox from Breakthrough Breast Cancer’s Campaigns & Advocacy Network from Tamworth at the 12th annual Westminster Fly-In event to discuss how to improve breast cancer survival rates. Mr. Pincher also took the time to sign up to Breakthrough’s Bridging the Gap in Breast Cancer Survival Charter, which outlines the commitments needed to make sure more women survive breast cancer.
Nearly 48,000 women and 300 men are diagnosed with the disease each year, making it the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the UK. Even though more women are surviving breast cancer than ever before thanks to better awareness, screening and treatments, survival in England still lags behind some other European countries. If England was to achieve survival rates at the European best for breast cancer, an estimated 1,000 lives could be saved each year.
In response to this challenge, Breakthrough Breast Cancer developed the Bridging the Gap in Breast Cancer Survival Charter and believes that the Government can tackle this issue by supporting its key principles; promoting breast awareness messages to help drive early diagnosis, providing access for all eligible women to gold standard NHS Breast Screening Programmes and maximising the potential of breast cancer research, to create personalised or targeted treatments.
Mr. Pincher signed the charter saying:
“We have the opportunity to make effective change that can save lives. We need to do all we can to raise awareness about this cancer and focus efforts on treatments to improve survival rates and make a real difference”
You can support Breakthrough Breast Cancer and find out more about the work it does at breakthrough.org.uk/gap.