Cancer survivor enters charity walk
After receiving the all clear from breast cancer last year, 54-year-old Sue Andress decided to give back and help others facing this terrifying disease.
She is walking a half-marathon around London for the charity event Walk the Night on July 14. It’s a new event for 2018 to raise money for those affected by breast and prostate cancer. The challenge unites men and women with a walked marathon or a half marathon throughout the night on a circular route across central London.
All of the funds raised by Sue and other walkers will go to Prostate Cancer UK and Breast Cancer Care to fund vital research.
More research into and support for breast cancer services is vital. A new report found more than 15 per cent of patients in the South West wait more than two weeks to see a specialist – and of course the earlier breast cancer is officially diagnosed, the easier it is to treat.
Following a year-long inquiry, which gathered evidence from NHS leaders, clinicians, patients and charities, the report found that while overall outcomes for breast cancer are improving, stark geographical inequalities exist across England in screening, early detection and access to treatment and services.
Thangam Debonnaire, MP for Bristol West and co-chair of the APPGBC, wants NHS England and Public Health England to intervene to address the postcode lottery in breast cancer services across England.
“Our report worryingly shows major inequalities in the diagnosis, treatment and care of breast cancer across the country,” she said.
“But it’s great to see that the South West is one of the three top-performing regions for breast screening attendance and we now need to ensure this is matched in other areas. The earlier breast cancer is diagnosed, the more likely treatment is to be successful and we’d encourage all women to attend screening where possible. The workforce shortages and missed waiting-time targets we are seeing in the South West are of real concern, and these must be urgently addressed to ensure all patients receive the best possible care.”
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