Dr Caitlin Palframan, Senior Policy Manager for Breakthrough Breast Cancer, said:

“Macmillan’s report highlights the alarming reality that there is still a huge amount of work that needs to be done to reduce the cancer burden in the UK. Breast cancer, which remains the most common form of the disease in the UK, is still killing 1,000 women every single month, and incidence rates continue to rise.

“From diagnosis to end of life, breast cancer patients – like all those facing a cancer diagnosis – rightly deserve the best possible quality of care, access to new and innovative treatments, and to be treated with compassion and dignity. If this is to become a reality in the future, then it is clear we need to see a commitment from all political parties to keep cancer care on the agenda.”