Positively Pink’s 2012 Breast Screening Programme begins

Positively Pink’s 2012 Breast Screening Programme begins

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Positively Pink

Positively Pink is a Mijas based charity and Its sole purpose is to raise the necessary funds to provide education, support and a FREE breast screening programme to British Women & Men who live on the Costa del Sol. The screening programme is a comprehensive screening process (Gold Standard) that includes a consultation, physical examination, health education, a mammogram or ultrasound or in some cases both and an English translation of the result(s). This is carried out in conjunction with Clinica Medicare, a Nurse led British health centre based in La Cala de Mijas and Dr David Deardon a UK trained Specialist and the head of The British Surgical Clinic. Medicare and its medical team provide their time, clinic space and expertise free of charge for the charity. Both the Mammograms and Ultrasounds are carried out by a local Radiology clinic.

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women. The lifetime risk of developing breast cancer is one in nine. Each year there are approximately 41,000 new diagnoses. The incidence of breast cancer for men is on the increase too with approximately 300 new cases diagnosed yearly in the UK. It has been shown that early detection of breast cancer can improve the outcome.  Survival rates from breast cancer have improved partly in recent years due to early presentation and from individuals being breast aware. The risk of breast cancer increases with age. 80% of breast cancers occur in women over the age of 50 though Positively Pink believes that screening should be available to all women from 18 years of age.

Lorraine Palmer the founder of Positively Pink believes that “early detection is your best protection. Last year Positively Pink screened 513 women living on the Costa del Sol and helped to save the life of one lady who received a positive diagnosis.

This year’s campaign will begin on the 19th June and appointments will be available every Tuesday afternoon at Clinica Medicare in La Cala de Mijas. Due to the current economic climate and the impact on fundraising and donations, we are limited to only being able to offer 400 screenings during the 2012 campaign.  For more information or to book an appointment please call 952 835 776.

For more information about Positively Pink please visit our website: www.positively-pink.com