MP Thangam reveals she has breast cancer

June 26 2015

BRISTOL West's newly elected MP, Thangam Debbonaire, says that she is battling with breast cancer.

BRISTOL West's newly elected MP, Thangam Debbonaire, says that she is battling with breast cancer.

The Labour MP, who won the seat by a vast majority in May, says that doctors are expecting her to make a full recovery as the cancer is “perfectly treatable”.

Thangam, 48, will begin treatment on July 3 at the Oncology Unit, BRI.

“No matter how I’m feeling, I will ensure I represent and support the people of Bristol West effectively, with the help of a first-class constituency team,” Thangam wrote in a published statement. “I have also arranged back-up and support in Parliament to cover policy and legislation updates.

“I want to emphasise that I picked up the signs of this disease because of public health awareness campaigns and I strongly encourage everyone to learn the early warning signs for cancer. In particular I’ve learnt how important it is for women to check their breasts regularly.”

Thangam Debbonaire