Invitation to attend a free health seminar on Breast Cancer at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals

Jessica Jones, Macmillan Clinical Transformation Lead for the Trust

Jessica Jones, Macmillan Clinical Transformation Lead for the Trust

Members of the public are invited to attend a free presentation on Breast Cancer Care, the latest health seminar for members of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

In conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Lynette Bracegirdle, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Breast Care, will be promoting breast cancer awareness at a seminar on Wednesday, October 12, between 10.30am and 11.30am in the Education Centre Lecture Theatre, Education Centre, Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

She will be explaining the roles of the Trust’s Breast Care Nurses and highlighting the services offered locally. Lynette will also be highlighting the Family History Service that is provided by the Trust which covers Blackpool, Fylde, Wyre, North Lancashire and South Cumbria.

Jessica Jones, who has recently been appointed Macmillan Clinical Transformation Lead, will be explaining how her role will impact on the Breast Cancer follow up offered to our patients.

Rena Shanahan and Ruth Boardman, who have so far raised more than £80,000 for local breast care charity, Hint of Pink, will be highlighting their work and how it benefits the local breast care centre.

How many people develop breast cancer? 

  • More than 50,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the UK, including around 4,600 in Scotland.
  • Each year, about 5,500 additional women are diagnosed with an earlier (non-invasive) form of breast cancer, called Ductal Carcinoma In Situ. These are confined to a specific area of the breast (usually milk ducts) but may later develop the ability to spread.
  • Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women in the UK.
  • One in eight women in the UK will develop breast cancer at some point in their lifetime.
  • Around 350 men are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in the UK, including around 30 in Scotland.

How many people survive breast cancer?

 More women than ever are surviving breast cancer thanks to better awareness, better screening and better treatments. An estimated five out of six women diagnosed with breast cancer in England and Wales survive for at least five years. However, nearly 1,000 UK women still die of breast cancer every month, including around 85 women in Scotland.

Collecting a family history

The 2013 update of the NICE guideline has retained the recommendation from the previous 2004 guideline that a detailed family history should be collected for women with concerns about their risk of breast cancer because of family history and symptoms.A family history can also be collected when it is clinically relevant—for example, during routine checks for a woman taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

Family history should be investigated in all cases of male breast cancer. Women newly diagnosed with breast cancer should also have been assessed under specialist care, but if they are missed, the patient may approach their GP.

Hint of Pink

This is a charity run by both Rena Shanahan and Ruth Boardman which to date has raised in excess of £80,000.

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