The Future of Breast Cancer

Local MP Steve Brine spoke in a key breast cancer debate in Parliament this October to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The MP, who is also the Public Health Minister, spoke about early detection, survival rates and his hopes for the future of treatment as he closed a Backbench Business debate on the subject on Thursday 18th October.

A former Chair of the All Party Group for Breast Cancer, he told the House he wanted a future where there is no breast cancer, and told the House that, on breast cancer alone, 10-year survival rates have almost doubled from 40% to 78% in the last 40 years. “Survival rates have never been higher he said, increasing year on year since 2010.”

Mr Brine also emphasised the potential for huge progress in the next 10 years on cancer diagnosis, treatment and support.

He said: “The NHS long-term plan, with cancer right at its heart, will turbocharge all we have already achieved and are on track to achieve through our Cancer Strategy but we’ve a lot to do in this space. I want to see better screening uptake, less invasive treatments where that’s required and all women having access to dedicated cancer nurse specialist by 2020.

“NHS England and I, with the support of our cancer community, are committed to making the ambitions it sets out an absolute reality, ensuring a huge leap forward over the next decade.”

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