#55000Reasons to Wear it Pink on Friday - and to write to the Health Secretary
David Drew MP has written to Health Minister Matt Hancock calling for investment in breast cancer in the NHS Long Term Plan.
With Breast Cancer Now’s Wear it Pink campaign on Friday, David is also backing the charity’s #55000Reasons campaign.
Around 55,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in the UK.
Each of their stories - and those of their families and friends - represent at least 55,000 reasons why more money for breast cancer services is needed.
Nearly 11,500 women and 80 men in the UK still lose their lives to breast cancer in the UK each year, and outcomes vary tremendously across the country.
From 2014-16 an average of 1,791 women a year developed breast cancer in Gloucestershire.
“The UK continues to lag behind other European countries such as Sweden, Portugal, Malta, Germany and France on breast cancer survival,” said David, Labour MP for Stroud
“Shockingly, if trends continue and we don’t address the increasing number of people getting breast cancer, Breast Cancer Now’s projections indicate the number of breast cancer deaths will increase within four years.
The NHS Long Term Plan is worth up to £20.5bn a year and Breast Cancer Now is calling for funding to address four key areas:
Preventing more breast cancers through lifestyle interventions,
Diagnosing breast cancer early by improving the breast screening programme,
Reducing variations in patient experience across the country,
Ensuring patients have quick and easy access to the treatment and care they need.
David Drew is urging constituents who have been affected by breast cancer in Stroud to share their reasons with the Health Secretary at http://bit.ly/55000Rns
He has written to Health Secretary Matt Hancock in support of Breast Cancer Now’s Campaign. Read his letter here.
The impact breast cancer is having in Stroud
Stroud Constituents have contacted Breast Cancer Now’s 55000 reasons team to share their stories:
“I was diagnosed in 2010 after finding a lump myself. I had had a mammogram three months before but as it was on the edge it was not picked up. Fortunately I only needed a lumpectomy as it was small but unfortunately it had the HER 2 element so I had chemo, radio and herceptin. I was lucky that herceptin was a available as it may well be the reason I am still here.
“We were also fortunate that we have the Hope for Tomorrow van so I was able to have the herceptin nearer home which did make a big difference and I could drive myself. Having had cancer means it is always on your mind when you are unwell. I have not had good health since the cancer. I hope that in the future more nutritional advise is given. I have done a great deal of research on this and although we had a good diet and I was slim there is more that can be done. I also hope there is a time when no one has to go through chemotherapy and that research finds other cures.”
“A few years ago my best friend had breast cancer, it was an awful shock as it is to everyone, she had treatment and although it took its toll on her she has amazingly recovered. She always said that she had received fantastic treatment at Cheltenham Hospital.”