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The launch of the Inquiry Report
For six months at the beginning of 2013, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Breast Cancer (APPG BC) led an Inquiry into older people and breast cancer. The aim was to understand the variations and barriers preventing all patients diagnosed with breast cancer having access to the services, treatments and care that benefits them most, regardless of their age.
On Wednesday 17 July 2013, the Inquiry Report was launched at the Attlee Suite, Portcullis House, in an event hosted by Steve Brine MP (Co-chair APPG BC) and Dame Jenni Murray.
The report lays out a series of key recommendations on ways to improve diagnosis, treatment and care, representing the culmination of the findings of the Inquiry.
To find out more about the Inquiry, report or recommendations, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7025 2494. You can also download a pdf version of the report, Age is Just a Number (this will open in a new window).
The background of the Inquiry
The risk of breast cancer increases with age and currently a third of all diagnoses occur in women aged 70 and over. More than half of breast cancer deaths in the UK are in women over 70. Most men who develop the disease in England are over 60.
The APPG on Breast Cancer is concerned that many older breast cancer patients are not receiving the same level of treatment and support experienced by younger patients with the same disease and therefore held an inquiry on this topic.
The Inquiry focused on three key areas:
- Breast cancer risk, awareness and early detection
- Access to gold standard treatments
- Access to information and support
The Inquiry aims to pinpoint any barriers affecting older people accessing treatments and services and help uncover models of good practice.
It has already secured the backing of Prime Minister David Cameron. Breakthrough Breast Cancer, with the support of Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Campaign, co-ordinated the Inquiry on behalf of the APPG.
A panel of MPs and Peers was appointed to lead the inquiry:
Steve Brine MP Co-chair of the APPG on Breast Cancer
Annette Brooke MP Co-chair of the APPG on Breast Cancer
Sharon Hodgson MP Co-chair of the APPG on Breast Cancer
Baroness Delyth Morgan Vice-chair of the APPG on Breast Cancer and Chief Executive of Breast Cancer Campaign
Paul Burstow MP former Minister and care services champion
Fiona Mactaggart MP Labour champion for older people
Nick de Bois MP Chair of Primary Care and Public Health Parliamentary Group
Baroness Joan Bakewell Broadcaster and champion for older people in the House of Lords, and Patron of Breast Cancer Care
Baroness Sally Greengross Chair of the APPG on Dementia and the APPG on Ageing and Older People
The Inquiry received written evidence from key people including medical experts, policy makers and older breast cancer patients. Oral evidence was also submitted through three public evidence sessions with a series of expert speakers including Anna Soubry MP, Health Minister, and Professor Sir Mike Richards, Director, Reducing Mortality, NHS England.
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For further information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or follow us on Twitter using the APPG on Breast Cancer’s twitter handle @appgbc and the hashtags #breastcancer #inquiry2013 in your tweet.