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More must be done to battle breast cancer

I read with great concern a new report by Breast Cancer Now - entitled Good Enough? Breast Cancer in the UK - which highlights how much more needs to be done to save the lives of people with breast cancer.

One in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime and an estimated 16,300 women were living with, or beyond, breast cancer in Northern Ireland in 2013.

The report uncovered a number of issues that need to be addressed in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. These include the ability to access effective medicines to prevent and treat breast cancer, concerns about having enough specialist cancer doctors and nurses and unprecedented financial and operational pressures within the health service.

It is critical that progress is made across these areas, particularly as the number of those living with and beyond breast cancer is expected to rise.

That's why I'm calling on our local MLAs to take action to ensure that Breast Cancer Now can achieve its vision that, by 2050, everyone who develops breast cancer will live.

I would encourage others to join me by visiting: www.breastcancernow.org/goodenough2017.

KAREN PAULEY

Belfast

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