Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has marked Breast Cancer Awareness Month by urging the Government to do more to tackle Breast Cancer waiting times.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month runs throughout October, and aims to help people better understand the signs and symptoms of the most common cancer in the UK. The Charity ‘Breast Cancer Now’ estimates that more than a third of woman don’t regularly check their breasts, and has prepared an infographic which can be accessed here.
As well as marking Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Gwynne has urged the Government to do more to tackle delayed diagnosis rates in breast cancer. In January, analysis revealed that half of suspected breast cancer patients were waiting more than two weeks to see a specialist after being urgently referred.
Commenting, Andrew Gwynne said:
“I’m really proud to be supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As the most common cancer in the UK, Breast Cancer has robbed too many families of lives and loved ones.
“We need to do everything we can to make sure that everyone knows the signs and symptoms to look out for, and I’d encourage local people to share the brilliant resources collated by Breast Cancer Now.
“But it’s also important that when people are seen, they are seen and diagnosed quickly. Something the Government needs to get a grip on urgently. We must provide the NHS with the workforce expansion it so desperately needs, and ensure that patients can access care as and when they need it.”