The annual lunch was first held 22 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.
In 1986 there were 10 patients who came along to the lunch. This year over 175 people met up at the Michael Herbert Hall in Wilton to share their experiences.
Breast cancer is a complex disease that can affect both men and women with around 44,000 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.
Specialist nurse Shirley Holmes said: “This really is a unique social event as it involves patients supporting others through what can be a truly traumatic and anxious time in their lives. This is such a positive and cheerful event for new and existing patients with many still coming back since the first lunch in 1986.” Ends
Notes to Editors:
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 further information please contact:
Patrick Butler, Public Relations Manager, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. Tel: 01722 425170