Breast Cancer Prevention Scotland: Celebrating 25 Years

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Crowne Plaza Edinburgh - Royal Terrace

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Celebrating 25 years of campaigning for increased funding of breast cancer services and research into environmental risk.

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Have you ever wondered why, with so much investment in research, women are still being diagnosed with Breast Cancer?

Are you concerned that environmental issues are playing a bigger part than we may think?

And is the incidence of breast cancer in young women worrying for you?

We are Breast Cancer Prevention Scotland and these are the issues we care about.

If you have answered yes to any of the questions above then we'd love you to join us as we celebrate our 25 year history and look to the future with renewed focus.

At this event we're going to be celebrating our journey over the past 25 years and providing insight into the work we have planned for the future.

We are delighted to welcome our guest speakers Professor Annie Anderson and Helen Lynn.

Annie Anderson is the Professor of Public Health Nutrition at the University of Dundee, the President of the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine (UKSBM) and the co-director of the Scottish Cancer Prevention Network.

Helen Lynn is an environmentalist and campaigner who will share her story and insights into her focus around breast cancer prevention.

If you are concerned about any of the issues above and would like to hear more then we'd love you to come along.

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Prize Draw

Drinks & Canapes

Prize Draw includes:

  • 4 balls at various local golf clubs
  • Golf lessons
  • Jewellery voucher
  • Gym passes
  • Ice Cream vouchers
  • Coaching & Personal Development vouchers
  • Lunch for two in Edinburgh

We are incredibly thankful to everyone who has supported us for this event including:

  • The Crowne Plaza Hotel
  • Theta Jewellery
  • Kore Transformation
  • Gullane Pro Shop
  • Projekt 42
  • Limited Edition Scotland
  • Alisoun MacKenzie
  • The Glen Golf Club
  • Lucas Ice Cream
  • Anne Milne
  • Winchburgh Golf Club
  • Cafe St Honore

About Prof. Annie Anderson:

Annie S. Anderson is Professor of Public Health Nutrition and Co-director Centre of the centre for Research into Cancer Prevention and Screening at Ninewells Medical School, University of Dundee. She trained in nutrition and after two years clinical dietetic practice in Cambridge moved to an academic career. Following a PhD at the University of Aberdeen and research posts at the University of Glasgow and the MRC Medical Sociology Unit she was appointed to a Professorial post in the University of Dundee in 1996. Her research focusses on theory based, behaviourally focused, dietary and obesity (population and individual) interventions aimed at chronic disease risk reduction with a special interest in cancer prevention.

About Helen Lynn:

Helen facilitates the Alliance for Cancer Prevention which works with occupational and environmental health specialists and activists to challenge the existing emphasis on control and treatment of cancer as the only way forward and to get equal recognition for primary prevention, particularly in relation to environmental and occupational risk factors. The From Pink to Prevention campaign aims to move the agenda away from Pink and to focus instead on Prevention ie stopping Breast Cancer before it starts. She is currently running workshops looking at safer cosmetics and alternatives to mainstream cosmetics.

About us:

In 1994, 3,231 women in Scotland were diagnosed with breast cancer.

One of these women concluded that breast cancer services in Scotland were seriously underfunded. Most disturbingly, it transpired that 7 of the 11 clinical oncologists working in Scotland at that time were funded by national charities. In addition, a woman’s chance of survival in Scotland was lower than in the rest of Europe. A campaign was born.

Fifteen breast cancer activists[i] joined forces that year and together they raised a petition to the Westminster Government[ii] for increased funding for breast cancer services and essential research, specifically into the environmental links to breast cancer. On 7 February 1995, the group presented a petition of over 150,000 signatures to 10 Downing Street. On the back of this success the Scottish Breast Cancer Campaign was officially launched.

In the intervening years our Campaign has seen us launch a a National Pink Postcard Campaign, attend numerous meetings in London and speak at conferences across Europe. We also undertook that mammoth task of Questionnaire 2000 which was used to lobby government to address anomalies in the provision of services across the country.

In more recent years SBCC, which became Challenge Breast Cancer Scotland has continued to highlight issues which the larger charities seem reluctant to address, most noticeably the environmental links to breast cancer. The time is ripe for us renew our focus and our new name, Breast Cancer Prevention Scotland, reflects this.

Regardless of the advances in the treatment of breast cancer and the improved services, unless, and until, we address the primary prevention of this disease, women will continue to suffer from the debilitating effects of this life-threatening disease.

The Campaign was born in 1994 to help the 3,231 women who were diagnosed with breast cancer that year: in 2019, for the 4,636 women diagnosed with breast cancer, the Campaign lives on.

Breast Cancer Prevention Scotland is run entirely by volunteers and we would welcome anyone to join us who would like to support our work.

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Crowne Plaza Edinburgh - Royal Terrace

18 Royal Terrace

Edinburgh

EH7 5AQ

United Kingdom

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