A new report has revealed stark differences in the diagnosis, treatment and care of patients with breast cancer across England, depending on where they live.

A new report has revealed stark differences in the diagnosis, treatment and care of patients with breast cancer across England, depending on where they live.

What’s the problem?

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Breast Cancer’s (APPGBC) report has found that, based on where they live, a woman with breast cancer may be:

  • More than twice as likely to die from breast cancer under the age of 75 than a woman treated in a different area,
  • A third less likely to have attended breast cancer screening in the last three years compared to a woman living in another part of the country.

Where a woman lives may also influence her access to medicines and services to support her fertility, recovery and mental health.

This is absolutely unacceptable. Access to the best treatment and care shouldn’t be based on your postcode. 

Ask your MP to take action

What’s the solution?

The APPG’s report is calling for health services to address these injustices

The report outlines several recommendations about how local NHS providers can make sure women in their local area are able to access the very best treatments and care. This includes:

  • Ensuring they have the right staff with the right skills to serve local people
  • Making sure patients have access to the treatments and support they would benefit from
  • Collecting data to better plan services and support local patients

How can you help?

You can help by asking your MP to write to your local Cancer Alliance, the body in charge of co-ordinating cancer services locally, to ask them to follow the APPGBC’s recommendations.

It will only take two minutes to get in touch – we’ve prepared a template letter for you to send. All you need to do is click the button below, fill out your details and press send! 

Send an email to your MP

Just a moment of your time could make all the difference. The more MPs that contact their Cancer Alliance, the more likely we are to see this problem tackled so that women can know they are receiving the best possible treatment and care wherever they live.