- Breast Cancer Awareness at Newham Hospital
- Inaugural lecture of Mohammed Keshtgar MBBS, BSc, FRCSI, FRCS(Gen), PhD
- Study finds that poverty may account for 450 avoidable deaths from breast cancer each year
- Study shows that more women under 40 are developing breast cancer
Breast Cancer Awareness at Newham Hospital
Last week, the East London team joined up with the Breast Care nurses at Newham Hospital to hold a ‘Pink Day’ for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The aim of the day was to increase awareness of breast cancer and breast health, as well as to raise money for breast cancer charities. The Cancerkin team set up a stall to distribute literature and information on breast cancer awareness, as well as explain our support work. To that end, we also had a massage therapist on hand offering sample Indian massage sessions to the public.
The stall was visited by over 100 people who were given packs on breast awareness and many others who dropped by just for information. With hospital staff decked out in pink and stalls full of pink goodies on sale, the day was a great success and we would like to thank Gill Constance and Sally Shanley for inviting us along.
Inaugural lecture of Mohammed Keshtgar MBBS, BSc, FRCSI, FRCS(Gen), PhD
Mr Mohammed Keshtgar, Professor of Cancer Surgery and Surgical Oncology at the Royal Free, is giving a lecture focusing on the recent advances and the contributions that UCL and Royal Free have made in breast cancer management in the past two decades. This includes sentinel node biopsy, advanced imaging using PET technology, electrochemotherapy, keyhole mastectomy, use of nanotechnology and intraoperarative radiotherapy.
The talk is taking place in the Peter Samuels Hall in the Royal Free Hospital at 5.00pm on Friday 22nd November, and will be followed by a reception in the Williams Wells Atrium. For more information, or to book your place, please contact Chris Brew-Graves by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 020 7679 9280.
Study finds that poverty may account for 450 avoidable deaths from breast cancer each year
Research presented at the National Cancer Research Institute conference has indicated that social deprivation may be responsible for up to 450 avoidable deaths from breast cancer each year.
Researchers from the universities of Cambridge and Leicester analysed the treatment history of over 20,000 women from the east of England who were diagnosed with breast cancer between 2006 and 2010. They found that women from lower income groups were more likely to be diagnosed later, when cancers were more advanced and therefore more difficult to treat. The research indicated that if all groups of women had their cancers diagnosed at the same stage as the most affluent women, 40 lives could be saved in the east of England each year, equivalent to approximately 450 lives nationwide.
Dr Gary Abel, statistician at the University of Cambridge and study author, said: ”These avoidable deaths are not due to differences in the response to treatment, or the type of breast cancer. Rather these are deaths that might be avoided if cancer was caught as early in women from deprived backgrounds as those from more affluent backgrounds.
“The reason for this inequality may be a combination of these women being less aware of breast cancer symptoms and a greater reluctance to see their GP.”
Dr Julie Sharp, head of health information at Cancer Research UK, said: “Other research shows that women from deprived backgrounds are more likely to feel embarrassed or worried about going to their GP – but it’s important for women to take that step as going to the GP promptly could make all the difference.
“All women should be aware of how their breasts normally look and feel because we know that early diagnosis is one of the most important factors in whether breast cancer treatment is effective.”
Study shows that more women under 40 are developing breast cancer
A study published in Cancer Epidemiology has indicated that cases of breast cancer in women under 40 are rising across Europe.
Researchers in France and Italy studied trends in breast cancer in women under 40 in seven European countries (Belgium, Bulgaria, France, and Italy, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland). The research found that on average, the number of of breast cancer cases in women under 40 rose by about one percent per year between 1990 and 2008. The greatest rise was found in women under the age of 35. However, it was not clear whether this increase was due to improving methods of diagnosis or a rise in risk factors. Cancer in young women is rare – only about 5% of all breast cancers are in women under the age of 40.
Jessica Kirby, health information manager at Cancer Research UK, said: “It’s worrying to see a rise in breast cancer rates in younger women in Europe, but this study didn’t include the UK.
“Rises in breast cancer rates could be caused by a range of things that can increase the risk of breast cancer, such as women having fewer children and having them later in life, or greater awareness and diagnosis in this group.
“Women can reduce the risk of breast cancer by keeping active and cutting down on alcohol. Also get to know your breasts and, if you notice any change, tell your doctor without delay.”
For more information, please see BBC Online.