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Post date: 22 May 2015

Responding to the latest NHS England Cancer Waiting Time Target figures released today, Samia al Qadhi, Chief Executive at Breast Cancer Care, says:

 

“It’s positive news to see that we are hitting our NHS wait time targets for breast cancer patients in England. Waiting to discover if you have breast cancer, or waiting for treatment after a diagnosis can be incredibly distressing, so it is good to hear the majority of breast cancer patients across England are not experiencing delays.

 

“However, we must not rest on our laurels. Despite hitting target overall, today’s statistics show that 21 trusts missed the two week wait referral target, with the worst performing only managing to refer 54% of patients with potential symptoms to a specialist within two weeks. This is a great concern as early diagnosis of breast cancer can mean simpler and more effective treatment.

 

“We must ensure anyone affected receives the best possible treatment and care - this includes a prompt referral after someone has displayed signs and symptoms and fast access to treatment once breast cancer has been diagnosed.”   

 

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For further information, please contact:

Sheryl Plant, Press Manager, Breast Cancer Care

020 7960 3532 (out of hours 07702 901 334)

Sheryl.plant@breastcancercare.org.uk

 

Notes to editors

All statistics taken from the latest report from NHS England: http://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/2015/05/20/provider-based-cancer-waiting-times-for-q4-2014-15/

 

About Breast Cancer Care

Breast Cancer Care is the only specialist breast cancer support charity working throughout the UK. We were founded in 1973 by Betty Westgate, who was herself diagnosed with breast cancer. In the ensuing forty years we have supported millions of women and their families through our face-to-face, phone and online services. We also provide training, support and networking opportunities to specialist breast cancer nurses, and Breast Cancer Care publications are used by the majority of breast cancer units throughout the UK. We campaign for better support and care and promote the importance of early detection, involving people with breast cancer in all that we do. Visit www.breastcancercare.org.uk or call our free helpline on 0808 800 6000.

Post date: 20 May 2015

The election is well and truly over and as we write this from Breast Cancer Care towers, the Prime Minister is preparing for the Queen’s speech. We’re getting ready to work with a Conservative majority government for the first time in 18 years. Before we launch into what this means for people affected by breast cancer, we wanted to share some facts and figures about our own campaigning in the run-up to the general election.

  • Breast Cancer Care volunteers hosted five local question time events with 88% of local candidates participating.

  • More than 80 people attended our local events and we also had great online engagement with a reach of more than 350,000 people on Twitter.

 

 

 

  • Our manifesto was sent to candidates in two-thirds of all constituencies.

  • Our online action was really popular; over 1,239 messages were sent to candidates.

A big thank you to all those who took part. If you didn’t get involved in our general election work but do want to get more involved in future Breast Cancer Care campaigning opportunities, now’s your chance to sign up to be a member of our campaigns network.

The new government and cancer

And now, back to the Conservatives. As well as remembering the crucial issues we raised in our Breast Cancer Care manifesto (improving care for secondary breast cancer, ensuring women have timely access to fertility services, and making sure all breast cancer patients receive support to cope with altered body image), there are other issues we’ll be keeping an eye on, making sure that the needs of people affected by breast cancer are included.

The Conservatives will continue to focus on ensuring that more needs to be done to improve England’s standing on cancer outcomes in relation to the rest of Europe, and working to achieve their long-stated ambition of being the best in Europe when it comes to cancer outcomes. The review of the long-term future of the Cancer Drugs Fund and the new cancer strategy will both continue, most likely without much change in direction. Breast Cancer Care will continue its involvement in the review of the Cancer Drugs Fund and will also work to ensure that the cancer strategy has a focus on some of our key campaign areas, including the needs of those people with secondary breast cancer.

One of the commitments in the Conservative manifesto is that there will be a recruitment drive in the health workforce. An anticipated 9,500 more doctors and 6,900 more nurses will be recruited or retained and we’ll work to ensure that, as part of this, more patients with secondary breast cancer get access to the support and expertise they need from dedicated secondary breast cancer nurses.

The social care agenda

There will be continued focus on the integration of health and social care services. Given the growing number of people living with breast cancer, and with the growing focus on survivorship, the long-term needs of those living with and after cancer is more important than ever. The social care agenda was largely led by Liberal Democrat colleagues in the coalition government, especially Norman Lamb. So Alistair Burt, the new Care and Support Minister who takes over the mantle, has big shoes to fill.

We’re interested in hearing your thoughts about the new Conservative government and about the opportunities and challenges you see lying ahead. Leave a comment here, or get in touch with us at campaigns@breastcancercare.org.uk

And remember, if you want to get more involved in future campaigning opportunities with Breast Cancer Care, sign up to our network now. Getting involved doesn’t require any political knowledge, just the desire to make changes and improvements for people living with and affected by breast cancer.

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Post date: 20 May 2015

Responding to a study showing that younger women who are diagnosed with breast cancer and have a family history of the disease face no worse a prognosis than other women with breast cancer, Samia al Qadhi, Chief Executive at Breast Cancer Care, says:

“Many younger women with breast cancer are terrified about it coming back, especially when they have seen other family members face the disease.

"This crucial study now gives clear evidence confirming that, rather than a family history, it is the type and stage of the breast cancer and the treatments given which are the biggest factors influencing each person’s survival.

“It’s also important to remember that spotting the signs early is vital - diagnosing breast cancer as soon as possible can lead to simpler and more effective treatment. Anyone concerned about breast cancer and risk can call Breast Cancer Care on 0808 800 6000.”

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For media enquiries contact: Sophie Softley Pierce, Press Officer, Breast Cancer Care; 020 7960 3505 (out of hours 07702 901 334); sophie.pierce@breastcancercare.org.uk

About Breast Cancer Care
Breast Cancer Care is the only specialist breast cancer support charity working throughout the UK. We were founded in 1973 by Betty Westgate, who was herself diagnosed with breast cancer. In the ensuing forty years we have supported millions of women and their families through our face-to-face, phone and online services. We also provide training, support and networking opportunities to specialist breast cancer nurses, and Breast Cancer Care publications are used by the majority of breast cancer units throughout the UK. We campaign for better support and care and promote the importance of early detection, involving people with breast cancer in all that we do. Visit www.breastcancercare.org.uk or call our free Helpline on 0808 800 6000.

Post date: 19 May 2015

Responding to Lisa Royle’s post on social media of an image of her breast prior to her mastectomy, Jackie Harris, Clinical Nurse Specialist at Breast Cancer Care, says:

"As Lisa bravely shows, signs and symptoms of breast cancer aren’t just about a lump. They can include skin dimpling, a rash or nipple discharge.

“Getting the message out there about reporting signs and symptoms of breast cancer early is crucial. We welcome anything that helps raise awareness as this information can potentially save lives.

 “A prompt diagnosis can mean simpler and more effective treatment so it’s important that women of any age look at and feel their breasts regularly and if they notice any unusual breast changes to go and see their GP as soon as possible."

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For further information, please contact:

Sheryl Plant, Press Manager, Breast Cancer Care

0207 960 3532 (out of hours 07702 901 334)

Sheryl.plant@breastcancercare.org.uk

About Breast Cancer Care

Breast Cancer Care is the only specialist breast cancer support charity working throughout the UK. We were founded in 1973 by Betty Westgate, who was herself diagnosed with breast cancer. In the ensuing forty years we have supported millions of women and their families through our face-to-face, phone and online services. We also provide training, support and networking opportunities to specialist breast cancer nurses, and Breast Cancer Care publications are used by the majority of breast cancer units throughout the UK. We campaign for better support and care and promote the importance of early detection, involving people with breast cancer in all that we do. Visit www.breastcancercare.org.uk or call our free helpline on 0808 800 6000.

Post date: 19 May 2015