Lawrence Cowan, our Policy and Campaigns Manager in Scotland, discusses the importance of our 2050 Challenge and what you can do to support the campaign.

Monday 22 February 2016      Policy and campaigns blog
Colin Leslie and Sharon Addison

Colin Leslie and his fiancée Sharon

Imagine hearing your wife or your partner say “We’re not going to grow old together”. That’s what happened to Colin Leslie. His fiancée Sharon found out she had incurable secondary breast cancer. Sharon died in 2014.

No one should have to go through what Colin has experienced, but so many still do. Around 1,000 women in Scotland die from breast cancer every year.

At Breast Cancer Now, we believe we can stop women dying from breast cancer by 2050 – but only if we all act now.

That’s why, earlier this month, we launched our 2050 Challenge campaign in Scotland. We’ve been asking supporters to email their Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs), asking them to join us and take action so that by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live.

In particular, we’re asking MSPs to show their support for:

  • Improving access to life extending medicines
  • Continuing to catch breast cancer earlier by protecting the Detect Cancer Early Programme
  • Offering better lifestyle advice and support to women when they attend breast screening
  • Helping to make more breakthroughs by freeing up clinicians’ time to take part in research

The 2050 Challenge so far

The campaign is already making a big impact. Over 2,000 emails have been sent to MSPs across the country and we’ve received cross party support from a range of politicians. We’ve even managed to get a meeting in the diary with the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.

None of this would be possible without the actions of our amazing supporters in Scotland. The campaign is a great example of what we can achieve when we campaign together.

But we can’t stop here.

Get involved

The more emails MSPs receive, the more they see how important this issue is for people in Scotland and the more likely they are to take action. That’s why we’re asking everyone to email their MSPs to ask them to help save lives by backing the 2050 Challenge campaign.

Showing your support only takes a few clicks, but by contacting your MSPs you are making a huge difference. Your MSPs have the power to help save lives. Please ask them to use it.

Email your MSP

More information

Find out more about our 2050 Challenge

News story: MSP who survived breast cancer supports campaign to stop deaths by 2050

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Lawrence Cowan is Policy and Campaigns Manager for Breast Cancer Now in Scotland.