Lady McAdden Breast Cancer Trust is embarking on an ambitious programme to help and support women in the early detection of breast cancer. As a Trust, our greatest contribution is to develop education, awareness and specialist advice.
The Trustees looked at the evidence that showed that 42% of all breast cancers were found by women self-examining, yet half of women in the UK admit to not checking themselves. The reasons given, ranged from not knowing how to check, a lack of understanding of what to look for, fearing what they might find and not knowing what to do next.
Although the charity will no longer offer mammograms, our specialist nurses will continue to offer 1 to 1 breast awareness sessions both face to face and online. These appointments are designed to complement the NHS Services and the 5 Point plan for being Breast Aware.
The NHS national screening programme currently screens over 2.4 million women a year detecting around 18-20,000 cases of the 55,000 diagnosed. Developments in research are also potentially changing the way that diagnosis of breast cancer is carried out.
Further complementing the NHS services, the Trust has identified a need for support for women with breast pain and has extended consultations to include this.
Lady McAdden prides itself as the only charity in the UK where individuals can book an appointment to seek advice from a specialist nurse. These appointments are available online, at our premises in Elmsleigh Drive, Leigh on Sea or at venues in the community across Essex.
The Charity has an expanding community programme, visiting schools, colleges, universities and businesses, offering tailored information to encourage positive lifelong breast health habits.
For further information on how to book an appointment or help us with this important work by volunteering, fundraising or donating, please visit our website – ladymcadden.org or call 01702 343288
The Board of Trustees