4 October 2018

Responding to Theresa May’s aim to increase early detection of cancer as outlined at the Conservative Party Conference on Wednesday 3 October, Samia al Qadhi, Chief Executive at Breast Cancer Care, says:

“While early detection of cancer is incredibly important - it often means simpler, more effective treatment – it is vital the Government doesn’t neglect women with a breast cancer diagnosis today, who are struggling in the absence of ongoing care.   

“Women trying to adapt to life after a primary breast cancer diagnosis face debilitating long-term side effects, shattered body confidence, and continuous anxieties about the cancer coming back, with little aftercare to help them move forward. And thousands living with incurable, secondary breast cancer are left with totally inadequate support, despite their highly complex needs.

“It is absolutely vital this injection of money tackles all aspects of breast cancer, not just early detection. More funds are desperately needed to support those living with and beyond this devastating disease right now.”

-ENDS-

For further information, please contact:

Georgia Tilley, Press Officer, Breast Cancer Care

020 3105 3360 (out of hours 07702 901 334)

georgia.tilley@breastcancercare.org.uk

About Breast Cancer Care

Breast Cancer Care is the only specialist UK wide charity providing support for women, men, family and friends affected by breast cancer. We’ve been caring for them, supporting them, and campaigning on their behalf since 1973.

Today, we continue to offer a unique range of support including reliable information, one-to-one support over the phone and online from nurses and people who’ve been there. We also offer local group support across the UK.

From the moment someone notices something isn’t right, through to their treatment and beyond, we’re there to help people affected by breast cancer feel more in control. www.breastcancercare.org.uk