Cancerkin’s News Update…
Not long left to register for the Hyde Park Walk
There are just a few days left until the closing date for entries for the Hyde Park Walk. The last day for entries is this Friday 1st June, with the walk taking place on Sunday 17th June. Click here to register now!
As announced last week, we are thrilled that Actor and Cancerkin Patron Tom Conti will be joining us on the day to officially open the 25th anniversary celebrations. We hope you will join him and the Cancerkin team down at the park in June.
Volunteer Marshals needed
We are currently recruiting volunteers to act as Marshals at the Hyde Park Walk on 17 June. They will play a vital role in the event – guiding our walkers around the park and making sure they do not get lost! Volunteering for Cancerkin can be a very rewarding experience as well as being a lot of fun! If you would like to help out on the day, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Laura on email@example.com or 0207 830 2323 to find our more.
Art therapy workshops at Cancerkin…
We are pleased to announce that Cancerkin has received funding from the Make A Difference Trust to begin holding weekly art therapy workshops here at the Cancerkin Centre. The sessions will be led by Kirsty Nicholson, a qualified Art Therapist who has worked with both groups and individuals offering art therapy in a variety of settings, including previous groups at Cancerkin. Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy and can be particularly helpful for people who have difficulty expressing thoughts and feelings verbally. No artistic skill or experience is needed, as the sessions are not art classes, but rather aim to enable personal understanding and growth through the use of art materials in a supportive and safe environment. Sessions will be every Thursday from 3:00pm to 4:30pm, starting on 7th June 2012. If you would like to attend, please contact Alice on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0207 830 2323.
On Thursday, we say goodbye to Catarina Vasconcelos, an Art Psychotherapy trainee at the University of Roehampton, who has been holding individual and group sessions of art therapy at Cancerkin over the last few months as part of her degree work placement. We thank Catarina for all her help and hard work during her time here, and wish her all the best in her studies.
In the news…
IVF and breast cancer risk…
A recent study carried out at the University of Western Australia has produced interesting conclusions about the relationship between IVF infertility treatment and breast cancer risk. Some forms of breast cancer are fuelled by the hormone oestrogen, levels of which may be up to 13 times higher when undergoing a cycle of IVF treatment. The researchers, writing in Fertility and Sterility Journal, believe that there is no overall increase in risk of developing the disease associated with IVF for women who have treatment in their thirties and forties. However, they believe that there is an increased risk in women who receive the treatment at a younger age.
Researchers compared results from women who were having IVF treatment with those who were being treated for infertility but were not having IVF and with the general female population not undergoing any kind of treatment. They followed 21,025 women over an average of 16 years. 7,381 of those involved in the study were having IVF treatment and 384 of those involved went on to develop breast cancer. It was taken into account that, in general, women who decided to have IVF treatment are more likely to have a child at a later age than is usual, as having children at an older age is a known breast cancer risk factor. They found that women who started having infertility treatment at the age of 24 were 1.5 times more likely to develop breast cancer than women of the same age not receiving treatment.
Lead author Louise Stewart of the School of Public Health at University of Western Australia, wrote: “The results of this study will be reassuring to women who commence IVF treatment in their thirties and forties, because for these women, there appears to be no direct association between IVF treatment and breast cancer risk. Nevertheless, women should be aware that delivering their first child late in reproductive life, whether assisted by IVF or not, is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. For younger women there is some cause for concern, because it appears that they may face an increased risk of breast cancer after IVF treatment.
In response, experts have warned that the findings concerning younger women could be the result of chance or of a short-term increased risk. Dr Paul Pharoah, Reader in Cancer Epidemiology at the University of Cambridge, said: “The findings may be the result of chance or bias. If real, the absolute increase in risk is small and should not be regarded by women considering IVF as relevant. The effects of pregnancy on breast cancer risk occur over several decades, and this study provides no data on the long term effects of IVF on breast cancer risk.” Dr Linda Giudice, President-elect of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, said: “The development of breast cancer is linked to oestrogen exposure and the longer one is exposed, the greater the risk. […] For younger women, there is the possibility that IVF is associated with increased risk, but more research is needed to confirm this.”
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