Breast cancer patients and Salisbury District Hospital staff will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the breast care lunch on Wednesday, October 12 at the Michael Herbert Hall in Wilton.
This unique event enables past and present patients to enjoy each other’s company and support away from the clinical setting of a hospital. Existing patients can also share their experiences and provide additional support to women newly diagnosed with breast cancer,
Shirley Holmes, Specialist Breast Care Nurse said: “ It’s incredible to think that its 25 years since we held our first lunch at the Salisbury Infirmary in 1986 for 12 ladies. It’s such a positive and cheerful event which provides continuing support away from the hospital for new and existing patients. This year there will be around 150 women attending, many still coming back since the first lunch all those years ago.” Ends
Notes to Editors:
There will be a photo opportunity on Wednesday, 12 October at 12 noon at the Michael Herbert Hall in Wilton. If you would like to attend please contact Patrick Butler (details below).
- Breast cancer is a complex disease that can affect both men and women with around 46,000 woman in the UK diagnosed with the disease each year. Breast cancer can affect women at any age and one in nine women will get breast cancer at some time in their life. In addition, approximately 300 men in the UK get breast cancer each year, although these are more likely to be men who are over 50.
There are a number of normal changes that occur to breast tissue as part of the ageing process. While changes may be normal or non-cancerous, others may not, so it’s important that both men and women check the breast tissue regularly so that they are aware of any changes when they happen.”
As part of the Breakthrough Breast Cancer Campaign called TLC, people should Touch their breasts and feel for anything unusual. Look for changes and be aware of their shape and texture. Check anything unusual with their doctor and also chat with their friends if they are worried.
If you would like further information please contact:
Public Relations Manager
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust.
Tel: 01722 425170