Mark Menzies puts breast cancer treatment on the agenda

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FYLDE MP Mark Menzies, has joined leading UK charity Breakthrough Breast Cancer’s call for the issue of access to drugs to be made a top priority, and help put breast cancer back on the agenda.

Mr Menzies attended a reception at the House of Commons where the charity called on the Government to bring about a new focus on breast cancer, with the aim of introducing a fair system where effective new treatments are routinely made available to patients.

The Member of Parliament said: “Breast cancer is not yesterday’s problem; thousands of women in the UK are living with the disease today and need and deserve support.

“Research is developing treatments that can give women at the end of their lives more good quality time with their loved ones; we have a responsibility to ensure that there is a system that allows these pioneering new drugs to routinely reach patients who will benefit from them.”

Last month, the Government announced a two-year extension of the Cancer Drugs Fund, a scheme in England through which patients can access drugs rejected or not yet approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), for routine use on the NHS.

 

Picture: Mr Menzies with Fylde cancer campaigner Ursula Van Mann at Breakthrough Breast Cancer’s Annual Parliamentary Reception

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