The UK still has one of the lowest breast cancer survival rates in Western Europe and this year alone around 11,500 women will lose their lives. Clearly, we need to do much more which is why every year I like to pop along to the Breast Cancer Now drop-in and take part in promoting the fantastic work they do to help all those across the UK affected by this devastating illness.
From 2014-2016 an average of 95 women a year developed breast cancer in NHS Central London (Westminster) CCG. In the same period, an average of 16 women lost their lives to breast cancer each year. Furthermore, screening uptake in Westminster falls significantly behind the average across England.
This year the charity will be running its Wear it Pink fundraiser on Friday 18 October to raise vital funds for ground-breaking breast cancer research. Over the past 17 years, Wear it Pink has raised over £33 million thanks to communities coming together to wear something pink in aid of cancer research. This year the Cities of London and Westminster has 59 events already taking place and it would, of course, be fantastic if we could have more (cake sales, raffles, pink fancy dress days at school or work) that would help us surpass the £44,247 raised last year.
My thanks to everyone at Breast Cancer Now for all their incredibly important work and all those at the event who shared their stories with me. Naturally, I look forward to donning the pink cowboy hat once again next year in support of Breast Cancer Now’s wonderful work!