Following on from the success of the previous event focusing on Keeping Safe in Winter and raising awareness of dementia, the Chelford Surgery Patients Representation Group held an event on breast cancer awareness on Wednesday 19th October at Chelford Primary School. The event which was also superbly supported by members of Chelford School PTA, included a guest speaker from Prevent Breast Cancer, an opportunity to shop with Xpose and advice on health and fitness from Chelford Gym. Thanks also to the the Headteacher of Chelford School, Andy Brady, who is keen to see the School forging close links with the community.
Dr Helen Thomas, partner at the Surgery gave a presentation and answered questions from the audience. Dr Thomas gave some clear messages for those worried about breast cancer:
She also reminded the audience that breast cancer is not exclusively a female problem and that men are also vulnerable. One male member of the audience had been a breast cancer victim. Jo Fielding, a Chelford resident, spoke with emotion of her own personal experiences and challenges of having breast cancer, as well as those of her mother Sally, who was present at the event. The event drew in a large audience from Chelford and beyond, including men as well as women.
Breast cancer awareness month began on the 1st of October and is an annual campaign aimed at educating people about breast cancer which is the most common cause of cancer in women.