Charity Breast Cancer Care has welcomed Gordon Brown’s announcements on extending screening invites and fast tracking cancer patients.
Gordon Brown announced to the Labour Party yesterday that women aged 43 to 73 will now be invited to attend breast cancer screening, instead of just those aged 50 to 70 years.
He also mentioned that the government will fast track patients with suspected breast cancer to ensure an appointment within two weeks of referral.
Samia al Qadhi, joint chief executive at Breast Cancer Care, said: “This is great news for the 200,000 extra women who will now be able to access the breast cancer screening service.
“Screening is an essential and highly successful way of identifying breast cancer at an early stage. In addition, having faster access to specialists and treatment will reduce the anxiety many people tell us they face whilst waiting for appointments.”
Samia al Qadhi believes that early diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer is vital and can lead to more successful outcomes.
“However,” he adds. “We need to ensure that these commitments are now put into practice without delay. We need to look at ways of encouraging all women, and especially those over 70, to attend appointments and check their breasts.
“We look forward to seeing further improvements in services in forthcoming publication of the Cancer Reform Strategy.”