PUBLISHED ON: 9 January 2013

Our Chief Executive Samia al Qadhi in joint charity approach

Breast Cancer Care’s Chief Executive Samia al Qadhi has met with Prime Minister David Cameron to highlight important breast cancer issues.

Samia visited 10 Downing Street on 8 January with the CEOs of the charities Breast Cancer Campaign and Breakthrough Breast Cancer and the Officers of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Breast Cancer: Steve Brine MP; Annette Brooke MP; and Sharon Hodgson MP.

Pictured left to right: Chris Askew Breakthrough Breast Cancer CEO; MP Steve Brine; Delyth Morgan CEO Breast Cancer Campaign; Prime Minister David Cameron; MP Annette Brooks; Breast Cancer Care Chief Executive Samia al Qadhi; MP Sharon Hodgson.

Mr Cameron was supportive of the work of the APPG on breast cancer and talked with the representatives about recent improvements in access to digital mammography the experiences of those living secondary breast cancer and the treatment and care of older patients.

After the meeting Samia said:

'This was an extremely positive meeting. The Prime Minister was really interested to hear of the progress made recently around data collection and secondary breast cancer as a result of our ongoing Spotlight on Secondary Breast Cancer campaign.'

'Also how some older patients may not be benefiting from improvements in treatment and are more likely to delay diagnosis by presenting late to a doctor with suspicious symptoms. This was something we highlighted in our 2012 briefing Improving outcomes and experiences for older women with breast cancer. We are hoping to take this work forward with the other charities and the APPG.'

We are optimistic about future action on breast cancer care policies as a result of the meeting.