John Whittingdale supported the Wear It Pink campaign organised by Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now charities in Parliament. Wear It Pink Day is Friday, 18th September.

John said:

“I have been contacted by a number of constituents asking me to support this excellent campaign. Sadly, in our area, an average of 346 women develop breast cancer each year with an average of 80 losing their life to the disease This is slightly above the national average. In the last three years, the screening uptake in Mid Essex was 75.15% which is slightly above the national average, but we need to increase this figure further.

Since 2002, Wear It Pink has raised over £33 million to fund research and support for those suffering from Breast Cancer and I am delighted that there are already 16 events planned to take place locally on Wear It Pink Day, 18th October. Last year, those living in Maldon raised £3,221.97 and I hope that we can surpass that figure this year.”

John is pictured with featuring patient advocate Kate, who is living with incurable secondary breast cancer, and Stella, who was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer in 2014