Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Book your Breast Screening appointment soon to avoid disappointment!

We are delighted to say that the Positively Pink Breast Screening campaign is going phenomenally well, we are booked up with ladies till nearly the end of August. 

Don't delay, book your appointment now to avoid disappointment as we only have a limited number of spaces this year. 

Call Medicare on 952 835 776.

Monday, 25 July 2011

Breast Cancer and Obesity- an interesting article from the BBC

Obesity 'leading driver' of breast cancer

breast cancer cells The growth of certain cancers is fuelled by hormones

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Obesity is the biggest driving force behind the most common form of breast cancer in older women, say researchers.
Alcohol and then cigarettes are the next largest culprits, according to Cancer Research UK.
One in eight women in the UK develop breast cancer in their lifetime, data shows, and the majority of these tumours are "hormone sensitive" meaning their growth is fuelled by hormones.
Too much stored fat in the body raises the level of these "sex" hormones.
Studies show that post-menopausal women with high levels of oestrogen and testosterone have between two and three times the risk of breast cancer than women with the lowest levels.
Experts have known for some time that factors that influence hormone levels - like pregnancy, the oral contraceptive pill and the menopause - can change a woman's breast cancer risk.
This latest work, published in the British Journal of Cancer, suggests obesity should go at the top of this list, not least because it is a lifestyle factor that women can have some control over.

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Maintaining a healthy body weight and reducing alcohol consumption are key to reducing breast cancer risk”
Dr Julie Sharp Cancer Research UK
The Oxford University team, funded by Cancer Research UK, studied the health records of nearly 6,300 post-menopausal women, looking for factors that might explain why some developed hormone sensitive breast cancer when others did not.
A woman's weight had the greatest bearing on a woman's sex hormone levels, shortly followed by smoking and alcohol consumption.
Women who are overweight or obese - meaning they have a body mass index of 25 or more - had high levels of hormones like oestrogen and progesterone.
So too did women who drank more than two and a half units of alcohol a day or smoked more than 15 cigarettes daily.
Experts say women should be made aware of these modifiable risk factors.
Dr Julie Sharp, of Cancer Research UK, said: "This is an important study as it helps to show how alcohol and weight can influence hormone levels. Understanding their role in breast cancer is vital and this analysis sheds light on how they could affect breast cancer risk.
"We know that the risk of the disease can be affected by family history and getting older, but there are also things women can do help reduce the risk of the disease. Maintaining a healthy body weight and reducing alcohol consumption are key to reducing breast cancer risk."

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Positively Pink Publicity - Costa del Sol News 7th July 2011

Thursday, 07 July 2011


Local charity offers free breast cancer screening for expats

By Oliver McIntyre
THE Mijas-based Positively Pink breast cancer charity has announced a summer campaign providing free breast screening exams for British women living on the Costa.
Positively Pink founder Lorraine Palmer urges all British woman over the age of 18 to take advantage of the free screening. "Early detection is your best protection," she said.
The group notes that while breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women, it is also one of the most treatable if detected early enough. 
In the UK more than 45,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed each year, and it is estimated that one in nine women will suffer from breast cancer at some time in their life.
Positively Pink, dedicated to education and early detection of breast cancer, is providing the screening in collaboration with The Hospital Group, The British Surgical Clinic and Medilink Spain.  The 60,000-euro budget for the scheme is being funded by Positively Pink and its sponsors.
The screenings are to be carried out on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the months of July, August, September and October.  Appointments are available by calling Clinica Medicare in La Cala de Mijas (952 835 776).
Read more in the July 7 print edition of CDSN

Friday, 22 July 2011

The new British Surgical Clinic leaflet

Positively Pink Publicity - Mijas Semanal 22-28 July 2011

British Surgical Clinic sponsors Positively Pink Breast Screening Programme.

Positively Pink (charity no G92860477) the registered Breast Cancer charity based in Mijas Costa is pleased to announce that they are funding a programme of free breast screening again this summer for all British women over the age of 18.

Positively Pink is dedicated to education and early detection and the free screening programme ensures that all British women have access to breast screening regardless.

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women. It is also one of the most treatable if detected earlier enough. The lifetime risk of developing breast cancer is one in nine. 44,000 women were diagnosed in the UK alone last year.

Lorraine Palmer the founder of the charity believes that “early detection is your protection”

Lorraine works tirelessly to ensure that she raises adequate funding so she is able to help as many British women here on the Coast as she can. The main fund raising event is the “Pink Ball” held every October at the fabulous El Oceano Hotel. This year the sponsors of the screening programme are asking all women who take advantage of this Free service to make a donation of the cost of their last bra. A small price to pay for peace of mind

Appointments will be available at Clinica Medicare in La Cala form Tuesday 12th July until the end of October 2011 in conjunction with a local radiology clinic. Dr Deardon and the Medicare Nurse Practitioner are donating their expertise and time to the programme free of charge. The initial consultation and examination will take place on Tuesdays and Thursday afternoons and appointments can be made by calling the clinic on 952 835 776. This is a gold standard screening programme that includes a full medical history, examination and breast awareness education followed by the appropriate mammogram or ultrasound which will be facilitated by Clinica Radiologia in Fuengirola. All results will be given in English.

This years campaign is sponsored by The Hospital Group,The British Surgical Clinic and medilink all local healthcare businesses who have an ethos of “Working together with our local community because your health really does matters”

Last year Positively Pink funded the screening of nearly 1000 British women here on the Costa del Sol, this screening programme helped to save 6 womens lives. It is our intention to screen a similar amount again this year.