I have joined charities Breast Cancer Now and Breast Cancer Care to wear it pink in Parliament in support of their excellent campaign.
Breast Cancer Now and Breast Cancer Care raise money to fund new research into treatments against breast cancer. They also run public awareness campaigns to ensure that everyone is aware of the symptoms of breast cancer and how it can affect everyone.
Wear it pink takes place during breast cancer awareness month in October. On the 18 October wear it pink sees thousands of people come together with the same aim of raising money and help make life-saving breast cancer research happen.
Breast Cancer Now’s wear it pink day is one of the UK’s biggest fundraising events, have raised over £33 million since launching in 2002, and this year’s wear it pink is going to be bigger than ever.
During the event I was informed that there are already 12 wear it pink events taking place in Delyn in 2019. Last year constituents raised £1,801.24 to help research funding.
He was also provided figures on breast cancer in the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. From 2014-16 an average of 724 women a year developed breast cancer, equivalent to 185.9 per 100,000 women. This is higher than the UK average.
Sadly, in the same period an average of 142 women lost their lives to breast cancer each year in Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, this is 34.0 per 100,000 women. This it is really important that people check themselves for the symptoms of breast cancer.
It is always a pleasure to join Breast Cancer Now and Breast Cancer Care in their wear it pink campaign. A number of constituents had been in contact requesting that I attend, and I was only too happy to do so, and it ensures that we can raise awareness of the excellent work of these two charities and ensure that people are aware of the symptoms of breast cancer.
We must improve the investment into breast cancer research and the UK Government must increase funding into this vital work. The figures shared with me during the event demonstrated just why we need to tackle breast cancer head on. With 724 women developing breast cancer in Delyn a year we must provide the care and treatment they need to increase people’s survival rates.
I hope that everyone running a wear it pink day during breast cancer awareness month in October has a successful and enjoyable day. It is always important that we support community groups in raising funds for such deserving causes.