We had a full house at Cancerkin’s annual lecture given by Professor Waxman on 27 March. It was wonderful to see so many of our supporters there to help us begin the year of 25th Anniversary celebrations and we would like to thank you all for coming. The lecture was followed by a lively question and answer session, chaired by our Medical Director Mr Tim Davidson ChM, MRCP, FRCS, which stimulated a fascinating debate on topics including the patient/doctor relationship, the side effects of tamoxifen and the future of breast cancer treatment. Thank you to our Chairman John Carrier for leading the evening and to all those who contributed to our Q&A.
Goodbye to Pilotlight
This week marks the final stop on our journey with Pilotlight, an organisation which matches charities with talented business professionals. Cancerkin has been working with the team of ‘Pilotlighters’ over the last 18 months examining every aspect of our organisation and culminating with the creation of a new Cancerkin five year strategic plan. It has been an incredibly productive experience for us all and we would like to thank the team for all the invaluable help and advice they have given us.
Hyde Park Walk 2012 – registration open!
Our biggest event of the year, the annual Hyde Park Walk, is on 17th June 2012 and you can now register to take part. We will be sending out invitations from next week, but if you just can’t wait to register, you can find the 2012 entry form here on our website. If you have any questions, contact Laura on email@example.com.
Yes it’s that time again…we need your help to fold letters and stuff envelopes! We are looking for volunteers to help with the mail out for the Hyde Park Walk over the next few weeks. If you have any time to spare and would like to come along and help, have some tea and biscuits, and meet our other volunteers, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Laura on firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the news…
New study into alcohol and breast cancer
The link between alcohol consumption and breast cancer risk is a topic frequently discussed by the media. It is know that a causal link between the two exists, with recent studies suggesting that even small amounts of wine, beer or spirit consumed regularly increase the risk of developing the disease. A review of research into alcohol and breast cancer published this week suggests that just one alcoholic beverage a day can increase risk significantly.
Researchers at the University of Heidelberg in Germany and the University of Milan in Italy analysed the results of 113 studies into breast cancer risk and alcohol. Their report was published in the journal Alcohol and Alcoholism. They found that women who drank one alcoholic drink a day had an increased risk of five percent. They found that the higher the consumption of alcohol, the higher the risk of breast cancer. The review suggested that women who drank heavily, meaning three or more drinks a day, were up to 50 percent more likely to develop the disease than those who did not drink. A drink was defined as 10 to 12 grams of ethanol, equivalent to 1.5 units, or to one 125ml glass of average strength red wine or a pint of lager. The review was not able to establish whether there is a safe threshold of low level alcohol consumption, under which the amount of alcohol has no effect on breast cancer risk.
The review stated: “Since several populations show a high prevalence of light drinkers among women, even the small increase in risk we reported — in the order of five per cent — represents a major public health issue in terms of breast cancers attributable to alcohol consumption.” Lead author Prof Helmut Seitz wrote: “Since there is no threshold level of ethanol for breast cancer risk, the breast is one of the most sensitive organs for the carcinogenic action of alcohol. Healthy women should not exceed one drink a day (equivalent to 10–12g of ethanol). Women at an elevated risk for breast cancer such as those with a positive family history, or conditions associated with an increased breast cancer risk should avoid alcohol or consume alcohol only occasionally.”
In response to the review, Sarah Williams, health information officer at Cancer Research UK, said: “Research has already shown that the risk of breast cancer increases the more alcohol a woman drinks. But this new study adds to the evidence that drinking even small amounts of alcohol – about one drink a day – can slightly increase the risk of breast cancer. Women can help reduce their risk of breast cancer by reducing the amount of alcohol they drink, keeping a healthy weight, and being physically active.”
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