Supporting breast cancer patients

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A LOCAL MP has pledged to step up the fight for improved breast cancer services after it was revealed that UK breast cancer survival rates still lag behind those of other European countries. 

Mark Menzies, MP for Fylde and a keen supporter of Breakthrough Breast Cancer, was among around 60 MP’s and peers who attended a special event held by the charity in the House of Commons last week.

During the event, the charity said that their research showed that 48,000 UK women are diagnosed with the disease each year, and urged politicians to take action.

The charity asked the Government to commit to pressing for uptake of improved digital technology within the breast screening programme nationwide, make sure that greater breast cancer awareness is a key goal for health professionals by supporting Breakthrough Breast Cancer’s Touch Look Check awareness campaign (TLC) and press for further investment in breast cancer research.

And Mr Menzies today voiced his support.

“I was shocked to hear that UK survival rates still lag behind other European countries,” he said.

“I will try my best to ensure I keep this disease high on the political agenda in this Parliament.

“I am looking forward to working with my local campaigners and helping to raise awareness to help fight against this disease.”

Chris Askew, chief executive at Breakthrough Breast Cancer added: “This year’s parliamentary reception has been a great opportunity to meet MPs and share with them our vision for a future free from the fear of breast cancer.

“We are thrilled that so many MPs, like Mark, have pledged their support and are united with us in the fight against the disease.”

For more information on the work that Breakthrough Breast Cancer does, visit breakthrough.org.uk

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