Think­ing pink to fight breast cancer

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By I Bodnarec and S Lid­dell

Pink rib­bons, such as this one at Al­faz del Pi sec­ondary school, were dis­played through­out Costa towns yes­ter­day for Breast Cancer Aware­ness Day

OC­TO­BER is Breast Cancer Aware­ness Month, which aims to in­crease and sup­port aware­ness of this dis­ease, sadly the most com­mon cancer among women.

In the Va­len­cia re­gion, mor­tal­ity rates for breast cancer have dropped 18.22% since 2000, go­ing from an av­er­age of 28.71 deaths per 100,000 women to 23.48 reg­is­tered in 2015.

Dur­ing 2015, 3,330 new cases of breast cancer were de­tected in the re­gion.

Many towns across the Costa Blanca com­mem­o­rated this week, with Al­faz del Pi, Vil­la­joyosa, Al­tea and Benidorm dis­play­ing the pink rib­bon - an in­ter­na­tional sym­bol of breast cancer aware­ness - from their re­spec­tive town halls.

Al­faz or­gan­ised a se­ries of events in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the AECC na­tional Span­ish cancer char­ity and Anemona, a lo­cal char­ity which of­fers help and sup­port to women with breast cancer.

Through­out the week, in­for­ma­tion points popped up through­out the town and yes­ter­day, Thurs­day 19 (World Breast Cancer Day), stu­dents and teach­ers at the IES L’Arabi school in Al­faz formed a hu­man chain and read out a man­i­festo.

That same evening in Benidorm, a man­i­festo was read out in the pres­ence of the mayor, Toni Perez, coun­cil­lors and the fi­esta queens.

On Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 22, Benidorm is hold­ing its main com­mem­o­ra­tion - a sol­i­dar­ity walk or­gan­ised by Anemona, set­ting off at 09.30 from the town hall square. The route will head down the walk­ing street and to the end of multi-coloured wavy Poniente prom­e­nade and back, fin­ish­ing at Calle Bil­bao on the Le­vante prom­e­nade where a num­ber of restau­rants will pre­pare some fab­u­lous rice dishes for all the par­tic­i­pants.

For the third con­sec­u­tive year, Benidorm will be sup­port­ing a glass-re­cy­cling cam­paign sup­port­ing a breast cancer char­ity.

The cam­paign is called “Re­ci­cla vidrio por el­las“(Re­cy­cle glass for them) and is tak­ing place in 18 Span­ish towns. For ev­ery kilo of glass col­lected from the pink con­tain­ers, the re­cy­cling com­pany Ecovidrio will give the San­dra Ibarra Foun­da­tion one euro.

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