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Cancer: Health Services

Volume 493: debated on Tuesday 2 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding his Department has provided to external organisations to raise awareness of and provide patient support for those diagnosed with (a) breast cancer, (b) leukaemia, (c) cervical cancer and (d) prostate cancer in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement. (277299)

In the last 12 months, approximately £1.98 million has been awarded to organisations to raise awareness of and provide patient support for people diagnosed with cancer. This is broken down as follows:

As part of the National Awareness and Early Diagnosis Initiative's promoting earlier presentation work stream, the Department of Health and the Football Foundation are joint funding the Ahead of the Game programme. Ahead of the Game is a one-year pilot programme, which will use the appeal of football to raise awareness of lung, bowel and prostate cancers in men aged 55 and over. The Department has awarded £86,000 for this work between 2008 and 2010.

£76,500 was awarded to MKC Trust over a three-year period from 2009-2012, to raise awareness of breast cancer among south Asian communities, and provide support to south Asian women with breast cancer and their families.

In addition, over £1.8 million has been awarded over the last 12 months to organisations supporting cancer patients in general, for the period 2009-12.

Funding awarded more than 12 months ago also continues to be used to raise awareness of cancer and provide support for patients. For example, we continue to support the Healthy Communities Collaborative which is raising awareness of bowel, breast and lung cancers in spearhead communities.