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Right Arrow Think Pink October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month - PR/35/0405
28 October 2004 at 13:45
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women living in England and Wales. It is also the most common cause of cancer-related death in women, around 11,500 women died from breast cancer in England and Wales in 2002.

1 in 9 women and 1 in 300 men will have breast cancer at some time in their life. Breast cancer accounts for nearly one third of all cancers in women. There are 41,000 new cases of breast cancer each year.

Cancer of the breast becomes more common with age, with approximately 80% of breast cancers occurring in women over the age of 50.

These are just some facts about breast cancer that many people may not be aware of and that National Breast Cancer Month during October is trying to get across.

Breast Cancer nurse specialists from Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust together with the Southport Breast Cancer Support Group have been promoting Breast Health in the community and around the hospitals. Visitors to the hospital can also try their luck in the Pink Raffle being run by the Support Group.

The Support Group, known as Lift Up, have also been running complementary sessions for women during the month and these have proved to be very popular. They are also holding a Pink Coffee Evening for women who have had breast cancer and if anyone is interested in joining them please contact Janet Hicks on 01704 704087.

Notes to Editors

Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714
E-mail: matthew.king@southportandormskirk.nhs.uk