Mark Williams MP met with Breast Cancer Care in Parliament yesterday, Tuesday 13 October 2015, to pledge support for people living with incurable secondary breast cancer* by calling for data collection to improve the care available.
Currently data for primary breast cancer is recorded, yet no accurate figures exist around the number of people diagnosed or living with incurable secondary breast cancer. Breast Cancer Care believes the poorer care people with the incurable disease often receive is due to these missing numbers making it near impossible to plan the vital services needed.
On Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day Mark attended the parliamentary event - hosted by Craig Tracey MP, co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Breast Cancer - to meet women who are living with the disease, and to show their support for the charity’s campaign.
“I strongly support the work of Breast Cancer Care in raising this important issue. It is shocking that we still do not have accurate data on those living with the incurable disease and that many people do not have access to the treatment and support that they so desperately need. These need to be made a priority and I am calling on the Government to do more to support those affected by secondary breast cancer.”
Breast Cancer Care wants to see the government commit to making the care and support for people living with the secondary breast cancer a priority.
Danni Manzi, Head of Policy & Campaigns at Breast Cancer Care, says:
“We are extremely grateful to Mark Williams for coming along to our event and showing his support. Data collection is crucial to improving the care and support available for the women and men living with secondary breast cancer.
“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