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Supporting ‘Wear it Pink’ Day

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Meg Munn MP supported the Breast Cancer Campaign annual fundraising event called ‘Wear it Pink’ to mark the end of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in England, and just over 11,000 people died of it in England in 2005. But survival rates are improving, since 1997 breast cancer mortality in the under 75s in England and Wales has fallen by just over 8%. Thirty years ago, the five year survival rate for breast cancer was around 50%. Today it is around 80%.


Meg remarked that:


“Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UK and I want to encourage everyone to support this event to help raise awareness of this dreadful disease. Thousands of families are affected by this illness each year but survival rates are improving. The ‘Wear it Pink’ campaign, and Breast Cancer Awareness month, are important ways of promoting breast awareness and ending the suffering faced by thousands of women each year.”


The Department of Health encourage all women to be breast aware.  It is important that women are aware of what is ‘normal’ for them and they report any changes or symptoms to their GP, so that, if they do have cancer, it can be diagnosed as early as possible. The departments Be Breast Aware leaflet, produced with Cancer Research UK, sets out the signs and symptoms of breast cancer so women know what to look for.  It is available from local screening centres and most GP surgeries.


The NHS Breast Screening Programme is a great success and is regarded as one of the best screening programmes in the world. It is estimated to save 1,400 lives a year. During 2006-07, the NHS Breast Screening Programme screened more women and detected more cancers than ever before just under 1.64 million women were screened and over 13,000 cancers were detected, a 61% increase since 2001. 

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