Irvine's MP wants you to ‘Wear it Pink’ in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Dr Philippa Whitford, herself a breast cancer surgeon, has again hosted the annual event in Parliament.

Wear it Pink day, which takes place on Friday, October 19, is in its 17th year and has, to date, raised over £31 million – just through people making small donations for wearing something pink.

Over 200 MPs came along and dressed up in all sorts of garish pink clothing to show their support for Breast Cancer Now’s flagship fundraiser.

Joining Dr Whitford at Westminster was Donna Fraser, four-time Olympian who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, aged just 36.

Dr Whitford has also just returned from Palestine, where she is leading a project with Medical Aid for Palestinians, to try to improve services for breast cancer patients in Gaza and the West Bank.

Dr Whitford said: “While increased awareness, earlier presentation and modern treatments have improved Breast Cancer care in Scotland and the UK, this is not the case everywhere. In Palestine, women still tend to leave it too late to seek help and, even those who do, struggle to access the care and treatment they need.


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“Due to the Israeli blockade of Gaza, vital medicines, including chemotherapy drugs, are hard to procure.”