Today I attended an event in Parliament sponsored by Breast Cancer Care and the APPG on Breast Cancer to mark Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day.
Secondary breast cancer is where breast cancer has spread to other parts of the body and is incurable. It is estimated that there are 36,000 people living with secondary breast cancer in the UK and every year, approximately 11,600 people die from the disease.
At the event I have the pleasure of meeting with a number of women living with secondary breast cancer, who shared with me their stories surrounding the treatment and support they have received. It also offered me an opportunity to add my voice to the Secondary Not Second Rate campaign, which calls for vital improvements in care and support for women diagnosed with secondary breast cancer.
I whole heartedly agree with the campaign’s slogan that when time is uncertain, women with secondary breast cancer need to be certain of support that is why through my new role as a Shadow Health Minister I will be pushing for the Government to do more.