Breast cancer patients will be able to enjoy each other’s company and support as part of the annual lunch for past and present patients held by Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust staff between 12 and 2pm on Wednesday, October 13 at the Michael Herbert Hall in Wilton
The annual lunch was first held 24 years ago. This was so that existing patients could share their experiences and provide additional support to women newly diagnosed with breast cancer, away from the clinical setting of a hospital.
Shirley Holmes, Specialist Breast Care Nurse said: " 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.
Sonnya Dabill Specialist Breast Care Nurse said: "There is a very special warm and friendly atmosphere within the room during the afternoon. It is such a positive and cheerful event away from the continuing support given by the hospital for new and existing patients, with many still coming back since the first lunch in 1986."
Notes to Editors:
1. Photo Opportunity:
There will be a photo opportunity on Wednesday, 13 October at 12 noon at the Michael Herbert Hall in Wilton. If you would like to attend please contact Patrick Butler (details below).
2. 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."
3. 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 further information please contact:
Public Relations Manager
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust.
Tel: 01722 425170
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, Salisbury District Hospital, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP2 8BJ
T: 01722 336262 E: CustomerCare@salisbury.nhs.uk
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