Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, showed his support for local people living with breast cancer by attending the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Breast Cancer’s (APPGBC) reception to launch a new parliamentary inquiry into geographical inequalities in breast cancer services across England.
More people are developing breast cancer than ever before – with 50,000 women and around 350 men diagnosed every year in the UK – and around 11,500 patients lose their lives to the disease each year.
Currently, while breast cancer patients should receive the same high level of treatment across England, unfortunately this is often not the case. Many patients receive varying levels of care depending on where in the country they live, with inequalities from early diagnosis through to treatment and survival.
The inquiry will seek to establish the extent of these geographic variations, explore their impact on patients and ultimately make recommendations to reduce inequalities.
“It was good to meet up with local ‘Breast Cancer Now’ campaigner, Celia Webber, at the event and hear about what is happening in our area.
“Breast cancer is still the most common cancer in the UK and it is unacceptable that we still have one of the lowest breast cancer survival rates in Western Europe. It’s time to act to ensure that everyone, wherever they live, receives high quality care at every stage so we can stop the disease taking lives.”