Char­ity cru­saders are in the pink

Campbeltown Courier - - YOUR VIEWS -

About 4,700 Scot­tish women each year find out they have breast can­cer, which is the most com­mon type of the dis­ease in the UK. It is a dev­as­tat­ing di­ag­no­sis, de­spite the very good sur­vival rates, as nearly 1,000 women a month in the UK die from the dis­ease. Treat­ment, such as mas­tec­tomy, re­mov­ing a breast in surgery, can be par­tic­u­larly trau­matic in its phys­i­cal transformation of the body. In 2013, ac­tress An­gelina Jolie, hav­ing found she car­ried a gene, BRCA1, which sig­nif­i­cantly in­creases the risk of de­vel­op­ing breast can­cer, opted for a pro­phy­lac­tic dou­ble mas­tec­tomy. This must have been an in­cred­i­bly hard de­ci­sion. When a close rel­a­tive, who loved the beach, had a dou­ble mas­tec­tomy, she never again swam in the sea and was re­luc­tant to ven­ture onto the shore. There has been a lot of sup­port in the town for Clare Mead and Kerry Dick­son’s leads in rais­ing money for breast can­cer char­i­ties. The two busi­ness own­ers have mo­ti­vated staff and friends in their ef­forts to raise money and pro­vided a hint of pink bright­ness in a dull week.

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