Meeting with David Cameron at Number 10

Meeting with David Cameron at Number 10

Breast Cancer Campaign kicked off its policy work with a bang this year, as one of a coalition of charities meeting the Prime Minister on Tuesday at No10 Downing Street to take action on breast cancer issues.

Breast Cancer Campaign’s Chief Executive Baroness Morgan, joined charities Breast Cancer Care and Breakthrough Breast Cancer, along with Steve Brine MP, Annette Brooke MP and Sharon Hodgson MP from the All Party Parliamentary Group on Breast Cancer (APPGBC), to meet with David Cameron to ensure that issues affecting women with secondary breast cancer and older women with breast cancer remain high on the health agenda. There have been incredible advances in breast cancer over recent years, thanks to improvements in treatments and research, but there are still 12,000 women dying from the disease in the UK every year.

For the many thousands of women living with secondary breast cancer in the UK, there is no cure and the support they receive is often far from meeting their specialised needs. For this reason, the coalition of charities and the APPGBC highlighted the need for all women with secondary breast cancer to have access to a Clinical Nurse Specialist. They also stressed the need for this group of women to have their treatment assessed by a Multi Disciplinary Team of specialists who can look at every aspect of their treatment and care to make it as effective as possible.

The needs of older women with breast cancer were also raised in the meeting. A third of breast cancers are diagnosed in women over 70 and yet awareness of the link between breast cancer and age is still not understood by the vast majority of women, with far too many women currently not receiving the treatment they should because of their age.

Secondary breast cancer and the treatment of older women with breast cancer are both areas that Breast Cancer Campaign is actively tackling - both through the ground-breaking research we fund and our ongoing policy work. We were therefore delighted that the Prime Minister recognised the importance of these issues and committed to take action to address them.

Breast Cancer Campaign’s Chief Executive, Baroness Delyth Morgan, said: “We were thrilled to have had the opportunity to meet with the Prime Minister so early in 2013 to highlight these key areas of work and gain his support in improving treatments and quality of life for women with breast cancer. Our charities exist to minimise the effects of breast cancer for the thousands of women diagnosed every year and this meeting was a very important step on that journey.”

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