- Posted by: Valerie Vaz MP
- Category: News
I posed with The Emirates FA Cup at Parliament on Tuesday 8 September 2015 to show my support for breast awareness. The Football Association kindly donated the prestigious Emirates FA Cup for the event, which was held as part of a charity partnership with Breast Cancer Care.
Breast Cancer Care and The FA have launched a breast awareness roadshow, which will tour 38 locations in England to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. Knowing what warning signs to look for can lead to earlier detection of breast cancer. This can be crucial in providing more effective treatment and, ultimately, saving lives.
Every year around 42,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer in England – that’s the equivalent of more than 100 people a day. This is predicted to rise to almost 50,000 by 20201.
I am delighted to support for this Roadshow. So many people are affected by breast cancer, and it’s vital everyone feels confident in checking their breasts and knowing what to look out for. I will encourage my constituents to spread the breast awareness message in their community and ensure people know to contact Breast Cancer Care if they have any worries about breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Care and The FA are coming into the heart of the community to urge people to check their breasts regularly for any unusual changes. Breast Cancer Care staff and trained volunteers will be on board the bus to provide breast health information, signpost to support services and encourage women of all ages and backgrounds to get to know their breasts. Anyone can be at risk of breast cancer, no matter what their age, gender or ethnicity. So it’s really important that people are aware of any unusual changes in their breasts, and act quickly if they are worried about anything.
People can visit the bus to ask questions about breast cancer and find out more about the signs and symptoms. All information and support is free and confidential, and there’s no need to make an appointment.
The Roadshow will run until April 2016. For more information visit www.breastcancercare.org.uk/roadshow or call Breast Cancer Care free on 0808 800 6000 for support.
Please support the Roadshow on Twitter with the hashtag #BCCRoadshow
For care, support and information from day one, call BCC nurses free on 0808 800 6000 or visit breastcancercare.org.uk