I am supporting Breast Cancer Now’s ‘Wear it Pink’ campaign for 2018. This year’s campaign takes place on 10 October 2018 and brings with it the chance for people to raise money to battle against breast cancer in the hope of finding new medicines.
In Delyn there are 705 new cases of breast cancer each year, an equivalent of 181.7 per 100,000 women. This compares to a national average across Wales of 177.5 women per 100,000.
Sadly, each year an average of 143 women pass away from breast cancer who are cared for by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in North Wales. This represents 40.7 per 100,000 women compared to a national average of 37.4 per 100,000.
Although incidence and mortality rates for breast cancer are higher in Wales than elsewhere in the UK, five-year survival rates are better than those in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Breast Cancer Now funds research in four key areas: prevention of breast cancer, early detection and diagnosis, treatment and secondary breast cancer. The nearest Breast Cancer Now research to Delyn is based at the University of Liverpool.
Breast Cancer Now is the UKs largest breast cancer charity – and they are dedicated to funding research into this devastating disease. They believe that if we all act now, by 2050, everyone who develops breast cancer will live and live well.
Breast Cancer Now is a fantastic organisation who are dedicated to finding ways to improve survival rates for those diagnosed with breast cancer. More than that they are working hard to ensure that those diagnosed have the support they need.
The figures demonstrate that Delyn has higher than average diagnosis of breast cancer than the average for Wales. That is why I am working with Breast Cancer Now to raise awareness of their ‘wear it pink’ campaign. On the 19 October 2018 you can take part in raising funds by wearing something pink to aid towards the funds in lifesaving research.
Since the first ‘wear it pink’ fundraising day in 2002 Breast Cancer Now has raised over £31.5m and I know that people in Delyn would have contributed towards this. I urge everyone who can to think of how they can take part for 2018 so we can tackle breast cancer in finding new medicines.