Lancaster MP Cat Smith, MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood, has demonstrated her support for women with breast cancer by becoming a parliamentary ambassador for leading charity Breast Cancer Now.
Ms Smith joins 200 MPs across the country who are pledging their support to Breast Cancer Now – the UK’s largest breast cancer charity – to remind fellow politicians and constituents alike that breast cancer is not a ‘done deal’ and that immediate action must be taken to stop the disease taking lives.
Around 11,500 women are still dying from breast cancer each year in the UK – which equates to an average of around 18 women a year in each constituency.
Breast Cancer Now will be working closely with the two hundred Breast Cancer Ambassadors to help them take action to tackle breast cancer in their constituencies and in Parliament, and to ensure that the UK’s most common cancer remains high on the political agenda.
By bringing together the brightest, boldest and most influential policymakers, scientists, fundraisers and campaigners across the country, Breast Cancer Now believes that by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live – but only if we all act now.
Ms Smith said: “Too many women are still dying from breast cancer in the UK. We must act now if we are to finally put an end to deaths from the disease and I am therefore very proud to support Breast Cancer Now and their bold 2050 ambition.
“Together, we urgently need to put the spotlight back on this dreadful disease locally and nationally.
“By becoming a Breast Cancer Ambassador, I will ensure that action is taken on behalf of the women and families affected by breast cancer within the local community.”
Breast Cancer Now – the new charity created from the merger of Breast Cancer Campaign and Breakthrough Breast Cancer – launched in June 2015, aiming to unite everybody affected by the disease to ensure that this is the generation that finally stops women dying from it.