MP pledges support for cancer patients

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FYLDE MP Mark Menzies has pledged his support for people living with incurable secondary breast cancer and called for data to be compiled to help improve the care available.

Mr Menzies attended a Breast Cancer Care parliamentary event – hosted by Craig Tracey MP, co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Breast Cancer – to meet women who are suffering from the disease and speak to them about the charity’s campaign.

Currently data for primary breast cancer is recorded, yet no accurate figures exist around the number of people diagnosed with secondary breast cancer. The charity Breast Cancer Care believes issues with the treatment of this incurable disease are due to the missing numbers making it almost impossible to plan for the provision of vital services needed.

Mr Menzies said: “It is extremely important to me to be showing my support for secondary breast cancer patients. It is shocking we still don’t have accurate data on those living with this disease and this must be made a priority.

“More needs to be done to support people affected by this disease and ensure the data is in place to make sure essential services are in place for their treatment.”

Breast Cancer Care wants the care and support for people living with the secondary breast cancer to be a key health priority.

Danni Manzi, Head of Policy & Campaigns at Breast Cancer Care, added: “We are extremely grateful to Mark for his support. Data collection is crucial to improving the care and support available for the women and men living with secondary breast cancer.

“Despite it being mandatory in England for hospitals to collect data on how many are diagnosed with the disease, this is still not happening consistently.

“Only when we have the full picture about the numbers living with the disease can we make informed decisions to ensure care services are planned effectively and that everyone affected by secondary breast cancer gets the support they need from day one.”

Find out more about secondary breast cancer and how to get involved with Breast Cancer Care’s campaign at www.breastcancercare.org.uk/secondary

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