If you’re giving a talk or sharing information about breast cancer and want to tell people about the #55000Reasons campaign, please use these bullet points.

Key messages about the #55000Reasons campaign

These are our key messages about the #55000Reasons campaign, please do share them with anyone you think would be interested:

  • I’m delighted to tell you about Breast Cancer Now’s #55000Reasons campaign which is calling for more investment in breast cancer to help make sure that by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live, and live well.

  • The NHS Long Term Plan was announced by the Prime Minister in June and includes up to £20.5bn a year for the healthcare in England. Ministers are currently deciding how to spend this money across the NHS.

  • As you may already know, every year around 55,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer and nearly 11,500 women and 80 men still lose their lives to breast cancer in the UK. 

  • However, recent analysis from Breast Cancer Now shows that the failure to tackle the increasing numbers of people being diagnosed with the disease means the number of breast cancer deaths could rise within four years, if trends continue as projected.

  • All this could change with the right interventions from politicians. Research has estimated that 23% of breast cancers – equivalent to 10,600 cases in 2016 - are preventable through lifestyle changes

  • A screening programme tailored to individuals’ risk could potentially mean detecting future cancers sooner, based on evidence as it emerges. If 10% of breast cancers were diagnosed a stage earlier, an estimated 290 lives could be saved a year

  • To resolve these issues, Breast Cancer Now is calling for investment to:
    • Make a breast screening programme that’s fit for the future
    • Give health bodies the tools they need to reduce the postcode lottery in services
    • Ensure patients have access to the treatment and care they need.

  • Each of the stories of those 55,000 people who get breast cancer each year - and the stories of their families and friends - represent at least 55,000 reasons why more money for breast cancer services is needed.