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Dawn Butler MP shows support for black, Asian and minority ethnic women living with breast cancer

Dawn Butler MP hosted a Breast Cancer Care event in Parliament on Monday 25th January 2016 to show support for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) women living with breast cancer.

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The event marked the launch of a new report by Breast Cancer Care, which highlights that BAME women do not always get the support they need after they have finished their treatment for breast cancer.

Funded by the Big Lottery Fund, and in collaboration with King’s College London, the charity undertook a research project to understand how services that support people after breast cancer treatment can be culturally adapted.

Every year around 58,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK – that’s the equivalent of one person every 10 minutes.

Many of these women can feel lost and unable to return to normal when they have completed their hospital-based treatment. Breast Cancer Care’s research found that BAME women have additional needs, many of which are not being met. These can include isolation, due to the stigma of cancer in some communities, as well as language barriers.

Dawn Butler MP said:

As this report shows, support and the quality of care post-treatment for BAME women is a crucial issue. It is vital that everyone regardless of their ethnicity or social background has access to wigs or lymphedema sleeves that suit their skin colour. It was a pleasure to host the event for Breast Cancer Care and I will be writing to cancer services in Brent to ensure they are aware of the report and the need to do more for BAME women.

David Crausby, Director of Services & Engagement at Breast Cancer Care, says:

We want to thank Dawn for showing her support for our work. We believe that everyone should get the support they need to live well after they have finished their treatment for breast cancer.

We know from the women we work with that finishing treatment does not necessarily mean you can just go back to normal. That’s why we run our Moving Forward service to help people during this potentially tough time.

Our research has found that some people, particularly from black, Asian and other minority communities, can find themselves without support that is adapted to their needs. We urge all providers of support to ensure that their services are inclusive for all.

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