On the pulse 19 June 2015

  • Hampstead Heath walk – Can you spot yourself?
  • Daily regime of aspirin may help block tumour growth found in breast cancer
  • Study find link between weight of postmenopausal women and breast cancer risk
  • A memory book for Holly

Hello! My name is Ellie and I will be the new Events and Development Manager for Cancerkin. I just wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself in my first edition of On the Pulse. I have joined Cancerkin from an education charity based in Battersea. I am really excited to be joining the team at this time. I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Hampstead Heath Walk and was truly inspired by everyone I managed to talk to. It was amazing to see so much determination, happiness and strength through every participant. I look forward to meeting even more of you throughout the year.

Hampstead Heath walk – Can you spot yourself?

Just so you all know we have now uploaded a selection of photos from the Hampstead Heath Walk to our website and facebook group. We would like to say a big thank you to David Bishop for taking such wonderful snaps of the day. Make sure you take a look and see if you can spot yourself, family and friends!

Study find link between weight of postmenopausal women and breast cancer risk

New research has found that obese post-menopausal women are at an increased risk of breast cancer, with the risk 56% higher for the most obese women in the study compared to women of normal weight. When the researchers explored specific breast cancer types they found the most obese participants could be as much as 86% more likely than women of a normal weight to be diagnosed with tumours sensitive to hormones such as oestrogen and progesterone. However, no link was found between weight and hormone-insensitive breast cancer tumours and the findings also showed that for women who were already overweight or obese, losing weight did not lower their increased breast cancer risk.

Researchers classified women of a normal weight as having a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or less, overweight a BMI of 25 – 35 and severely obese  a BMI of 35 or higher. However, though the study established a link between obesity and a higher breast cancer risk it did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship – though a possible explanation for the results was the effects of the female hormone, oestrogen.

The research lead Marian Neuhouser, a professor of epidemiology at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre, Seattle commented on the findings saying, “Obesity is a risk factor for breast cancer that is modifiable, making a healthy weight very important for prevention and is known to increase oestrogens in the postmenopausal women because oestrogen is made by fat tissue. Fat tissue also secretes inflammatory factors and is associated with insulin resistance – all of which may increase breast cancer risk”. For more information on this study please see The Huffington Post and Science World Report

A memory book for Holly

We said good-bye to Holly Lovering last Friday but we want to prepare a ‘memory book’ for her which will hopefully be ready for when she returns from her travels mid-August.  She has been one of the most remarkable colleagues and, after three years as Cancerkin’s Events and Development Manager, she will leave behind an amazing legacy. She has organised the last three walks, theatre events and all three lectures plus all those funding applications! It would be great if you could write a few lines to say good bye – citing any happy memories you may recall or simply saying thanks for her relentless energy, thoughtfulness and wit. Your words will be placed individually in the book possibly next to an appropriate photo. Please forward an email to vtodd@cancerkin.org.uk or simply write your message on a card or note and post it to Cancerkin.