Breast Cancer

Many of you have contacted me about tackling breast cancer.  This is an issue very close to my heart as my mother died from breast cancer.
 
In the last decade, five year survival rates for nearly all types of cancer have improved much faster here than in many other European countries.   That progress was due to good planning based on the evidence about what worked and on investment in both prevention and in cancer treatment services.  However, there is still much to do; around 12,000 women die from breast cancer every year in the UK and we lag behind much of Europe in key areas such as early diagnoses and the treatment of older people.
 
All of us, politicians included, need to keep the focus on the fight against cancer.  Andy Burnham, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary, has said that Labour's Manifesto will be bold and ambitious when it comes to fighting cancer.  As part of this, we are looking at how we can diagnose cancer earlier, deliver world-class treatment to all patients, improve survival rates, embed research into our NHS and do more to prevent cancers from emerging in the first place.
 
The fight against cancer is far from over and the Breast Cancer Ambassador campaign will help ensure we maintain momentum.  I will do my best, as part of this campaign, to continue to raise awareness, so that one day we can beat this terrible disease.
 
Best wishes
 
Hilary Benn

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