10 February 2015

Breast Cancer Care Scotland is appealing for passionate new volunteers across Aberdeen, Inverness, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow to spread the breast awareness message encouraging women to report any unusual breast changes to their GP quickly.

The volunteers will run free breast awareness talks in communities as part of the B-Aware campaign, developed in response to research showing that the breast cancer incidence rate in Scotland has increased by 14% in the past decade (1), while cancer survival rates in Scotland are one of the lowest in Europe (2). It is recognised that the sooner breast cancer is diagnosed, the more effective treatment can be.

Called Team B-Aware, the team of trained volunteers will reach clearly defined, typically hard-to-reach groups in their local communities where prompt detection rates may be even poorer. This includes women and men with learning difficulties, learning disabilities, mental health issues and people from black and ethnic minority and socially disadvantaged communities.

Ahead of the B-Aware campaign’s first anniversary, Christina Grieg B-Aware Project Manager at Breast Cancer Care Scotland says:

It has been an amazing year. Our fantastic Team B-Aware volunteers have helped us reach those who might not know how important it is to regularly check their breasts.

Now we are looking for new enthusiastic volunteers from all backgrounds, but are particularly interested to hear from people from a black or minority ethnic background and those who live or work in a socially disadvantaged community. They will help us continue this crucial work and support people as they learn the signs and symptoms of breast cancer.

If you are confident talking to a group or individuals, can travel within your local area, or have links to groups within your community to help run these unique talks, we would love to hear from you!

Team B-Aware volunteers will be fully supported by Breast Cancer Care's Breast Health Promotion Team with a tailored B-Aware volunteer training programme devised specifically for Scotland.

Anyone interested can email teamb-aware@breastcancercare.org.uk or call 0345 092 0816. The closing date for new volunteer applications is Friday 6 March.

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For media enquiries please contact:

Christina Grieg
T 0141 353 8334
E christina.grieg@breastcancercare.org.uk

  1. Cancer in Scotland (April 2013): Information Services Division NHS National Services Scotland
  2. Cancer survival in Europe 1999-2007 by country and age: results of EUROCARE-5 – a population-based study’ De Angelis et al lancet.com/oncology January 2014. Researchers found that the average breast cancer survival rate for Europe is 81.8%. Iceland is 87.2% France 86.1%. Scotland by comparison is at 78.5%.

Around 46,000 women are living with breast cancer in Scotland. Source: Maddams J et al (2009) Cancer prevalence in the United Kingdom: estimates for 2008 British Journal of Cancer. 101 541-547

More information about the signs and symptoms of breast cancer can be found here

About Breast Cancer Care
Breast Cancer Care is the only specialist breast cancer support charity working throughout the UK. We were founded in 1973 by Betty Westgate who was herself diagnosed with breast cancer. In the ensuing forty years we have supported millions of women and their families through our face-to-face phone and online services. We also provide training support and networking opportunities to specialist breast cancer nurses and Breast Cancer Care publications are used by the majority of breast cancer units throughout the UK. We campaign for better support and care and promote the importance of early detection involving people with breast cancer in all that we do. Visit www.breastcancercare.org.uk or call our free Helpline on 0808 800 6000.

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