The newly formed charity will provide specialist support and information for those living with the “physical and emotional impact” of breast cancer, as well as funding research to improve prevention, detection, treatment and care.
Breast cancer remains the UK’s most common cancer, with around 55,000 women and 350 men diagnosed with the disease each year.
Jill Thompson, trustee and treasurer for Breast Cancer Care, and chair of the new charity, said: “More women are being diagnosed with breast cancer than ever before, and there are well over half a million people living with the devastating impact of the disease.
“Despite the enormous progress made by both charities, the challenge that lies ahead in breast cancer is unprecedented. This merger is a bold and exciting opportunity to rise to this challenge, together, and make a significant difference to the millions affected – providing support for today and hope for the future.”
Lynne Berry, chair of Breast Cancer Now, said: “Merging now to create one, comprehensive charity for everyone affected by breast cancer is undeniably the right thing to do for those affected by the disease. Together, we’ll be a stronger charity to influence and drive progress further, with a united community and one clear voice for everyone affected by breast cancer, now and in the future.
“We are absolutely delighted to welcome Jill as chair of the new charity. Jill brings a wealth of experience and expert leadership during this time of change, as well as determination to make a difference to the lives of those affected by breast cancer.”