Carla Lockhart MP with local lady Joanne Harris who heads up the serpent Knitted Knockers Charity supporting those diagnosed with Breast Cancer.
Upper Bann Member of Parliament Carla Lockhart has taken on the role as a Breast Cancer Now Ambassador, and said that in this Breast Cancer Awareness Month it is important that checks take place to protect your health.
Carla Lockhart said:
“One of the many tragic impacts of the pandemic has been the missed cancer checks, and missed diagnosis. Sadly lives are going to be lost because of services being restricted.
"The sad reality is that in Northern Ireland, 1 in 10 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. This could be you, your mum, sister, daughter, granny. That diagnosis in devastating not just for those receiving the diagnosis, but for their family and friends.
"As we continue through Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I am urging all women in Upper Bann to act now and ensure they have a mammogram and to check their breasts are healthy. This procedure is so important at detecting anything suspicious, and we all know that early detection is so vital to a better prognosis.
"As a Breast Cancer Now Ambassador, I am also urging the Government to increase investment in research into breast cancers, its causes and treatments. More can be done to support our wonderful cancer consultants, doctors and nurses , with the best treatments and new revolutionary drugs at their disposal. I will continue to press the Government to put cancer care at the top of the public health priority list.”