Local MP helps breast cancer campaign

Sarah Green October 30, 2014

Simon Kirby, the MP for Brighton Kemptown & Peacehaven, has given his backing to the Breast Cancer Campaign to support them with their ambition of overcoming breast cancer by 2050.

SImon Kirby MP

IN Brighton and Hove each year 191 women are diagnosed with breast cancer, and just under fifty women die as a result of it annually. Whilst these figures are close to the national average, they are still far higher than anyone would like.

Following his meeting with the Breast Cancer Campaign Group, Mr Kirby has directly reached out to the local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to ensure that they are adhering to NICE Breast cancer quality standard in their work. Furthermore, he has also contacted the Chairs of the Health and Wellbeing Boards (HWB) for both East Sussex and Brighton and Hove to enquire how they recognise the importance of breast cancer in their Joint Strategic Needs Assessments.

Simon has long been a supporter of the Breast Cancer Campaign, and has regularly urged constituents to help spread the word, and raise awareness of breast cancer.

He said: “Breast cancer is an awful form of cancer that affects so many people across Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven and the rest of the UK. There is still so much that needs to be done in order for Breast Cancer Campaign’s ambition of seeing breast cancer overcome by 2050 to be made a reality, and this is why I am doing what I can to help.

“I am proud to have been a strong supporter of the work that this charity does for a long time, and I will continue to encourage the HWBs and the local CCGs to keep breast cancer high on the agenda to ensure that in Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven we can see the best possible treatment for breast cancer, the number of deaths reduced, and the screening coverage increased.”