MP pledges support for cancer group

A NORTHUMBERLAND MP has committed to help a charity improve outcomes for breast cancer patients in the county.

After attending Breakthrough Breast Cancer’s Annual Parliamentary Reception, Sir Alan Beith will be raising the issue of survival rates in the North East with senior health managers at his next meeting with them.

He is also asking health ministers to look into how Britain can learn from other European countries to improve the figures.

The Berwick-upon-Tweed MP’s first wife Barbara died from breast cancer in 1998.

Sir Alan said: “I was shocked to hear that the UK’s breast cancer survival rates still fall behind other European countries and as a result we’re letting over 1,000 lives slip away from us every year. More than 48,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the UK and I want to make sure that everyone in Westminster and my constituency knows we can do much more.”

Breakthrough Breast Cancer is dedicated to the prevention, treatment and eradication of the disease.

As well as funding around a quarter of breast cancer research in the UK, it campaigns for better services and treatments and continues to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer to enable early detection.