Don Stiffe to headline breast cancer research fundraiser

All Ireland Talent Show finalist Don Stiffe will headline a fundraising night at The House Hotel tomorrow (Friday ) in aid of the National Breast Cancer Research Institute (NBCRI ).

“Pretty in Pink” promises to be a great night with a drinks reception and lots of prizes to be won. Many fun events are planned. including leg waxing, with additional music coming from the Classics.

People attending the event are asked to show their support for breast cancer research by wearing something pink.

Tickets are available from (085 ) 7494955 or by contacting Margaret at the House Hotel.

The NBCRI is based at NUI Galway under the directorship of Professor Michael Kerin. A leader in the field of breast cancer research, it combines ethical research into the biology of breast cancer with raising awareness about the disease.

The institute is continually fundraising to help improve breast cancer services for women with the aim of fast-forwarding breast screening throughout Ireland. Its current research focuses on detecting and isolating biological markers which can indicate the presence of breast cancer and determine the prognosis of a patient.

The NBCRI says, while there are many organisations nationwide fundraising for breast cancer awareness, the Galway-based organisation’s role is unique. Its research can help to find the causes and factors which influence breast cancer and therefore help to develop effective screening, treatments and medication to combat it.

Internationally, breast cancer mortality rates have decreased slightly despite the rise in the incidence of breast cancer in the last two decades. However, due to improvements in technology and treatment, the prospects of long-term survival and improved quality of life are increasing.

Early detection of all cancers is the best strategy for reducing cancer deaths. If diagnosed early, breast cancer is treatable in most cases. Nine out of 10 women who visit their GP with breast symptoms are found to have a non-cancerous condition.

 

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