As a Breast Cancer Now Ambassador, I was proud to dress in pink today (Friday 20 October) to lend my support the charity’s flagship fundraiser, Wear it Pink.
I know thousands of other people across the UK, including my office staff and many fellow MPs, also added a splash of pink to their outfits to show their support for all the women and men affected by breast cancer each year.
The event, taking place during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is now in its 16th year and has raised over £30 million to date for Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving research.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. One in eight women will face it in their lifetime, and every year around 11,500 women and 80 men lose their lives to the disease. Over the years this event has shown itself to be a fun and easy way to raise funds Breast Cancer Now’s vital research, and help stop breast cancer taking the lives of those we love.
More information about Breast Cancer Now:
- Breast Cancer Now is the UK’s largest breast cancer charity.
- Breast Cancer Now’s ambition is that by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live. The charity is determined to stop women dying from the disease, working in a new, collaborative way and bringing together all those affected by breast cancer to fund research, share knowledge and find answers.
- Breast Cancer Now’s world-class research is focused entirely on breast cancer. The charity supports nearly 400 of the world’s brightest researchers at more than 30 locations across the UK and Ireland. Together, they’re working to discover how to prevent breast cancer, how to detect it earlier and how to treat it effectively at every stage so we can stop the disease taking lives.
- Breast cancer is still the most common cancer in the UK. Nearly 700,000 people living in the UK have experienced a diagnosis and one in eight women will face it in their lifetime. This year alone, more than 50,000 women will be told they have the disease.
- The UK still has one of the lowest breast cancer survival rates in Western Europe and this year alone around 11,500 women and 80 men will lose their lives. It’s time to act.
- Breast Cancer Now launched in June 2015, created by the merger of leading research charities Breast Cancer Campaign and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
- For more information on Breast Cancer Now’s work, visit breastcancernow.org.