Asian Breast Cancer Support Group – Andy Burnham

The Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention Centre played host to another “Asian Breast Cancer Support Group” meeting last week.

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The Guest Speaker was Andy Burnham, Shadow Health Secretary, who gave a talk on health inequalities. One of his key messages was that “we must put much more emphasis on prevention”, echoing the Genesis strap line that “prevention is so much better than cure”. One of his ideas was to place awareness of cancer and it’s symptoms and causes into the curriculum for all schools, to give young adults the knowledge they need to stay healthy. Maria Rafiq, a specialist breast radiographer attending the meeting, commented that “an even better idea would be to invite mothers and daughters together to learn about breast cancer awareness” as so often the older generation know less about breast awareness than their children. Another possible policy to be adopted by Mr Burnham is to put a legal limit on the amount of sugar and fat inside foodstuffs aimed at children, such as breakfast cereals and fast foods.

We will have to wait until the general election in May 2015 to see if these changes will come to pass!