33% rise in number of breast cancer cases in Tipperary over ten years

Roz Purcell calls on Tipperary to Paint it Pink and support people affected by breast cancer

132 Tipp people diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013

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Tipp lady Roz encourages Paint it Pink

As the number of breast cancer cases increases by 33% model Roz Purcell is calling on members of the public in Tipperary to ‘Paint it Pink’ this October as she launches the Irish Cancer Society’s campaign to support people affected by breast cancer in Ireland.

As the number of breast cancer cases increases by 33% model Roz Purcell is calling on members of the public in Tipperary to ‘Paint it Pink’ this October as she launches the Irish Cancer Society’s campaign to support people affected by breast cancer in Ireland.

Paint it Pink calls on members of the public to host a pink coffee morning or event this October and fight back against breast cancer by raising funds to support the Society’s vital research, advocacy and services for those affected by breast cancer.

Every year in Ireland over 2,800 women are diagnosed with breast cancer. That figure is rising annually and according to statistics by the National Cancer Registry of Ireland there has been a 33% increase in the number of cases diagnosed over a ten year period.*

In Tipperary 1,354 people were diagnosed with cancer in 2013, 132 with breast cancer, and this figure is increasing every year.

However, 85% of women are surviving breast cancer, thanks to cancer research which is improving detection and treatments. The Irish Cancer Society has invested €7.5m in BREAST-PREDICT a five year study focused on breast cancer research.

Speaking at the launch, model and former Miss Universe Ireland Roz Purcell said, “Every family has been touched by cancer, and for women, breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer. This October we can help support all those on their breast cancer journey by Painting it Pink – host a coffee morning or pink event and play your part.”

One such Breast Predict researcher is Lisa Dwane from Dublin whose research focuses on hormone driven breast cancer. Lisa’s mother Marion is a breast cancer survivor, and it was this experience which drove Lisa to pursue her chosen career path.

“My mam was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 37 years old and I was 14. Seeing what my Mam went through I wanted to do something to help women so that no family ever has to go through that kind of pain again,” Lisa said.

Marion was diagnosed with stage 3A hormone driven breast cancer; she had a lumpectomy, then chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Herceptin had just been made available in Ireland at the time and Marion was one of the first to avail of the new treatment. Now, 11 years later she is cancer free and extremely proud that her daughter is helping others through her career.

Lisa said of her work, “About 70% of breast cancers are hormone driven. Most of these women will be treated with tamoxifen and about one third of them will relapse within 15 years. We’re looking for new ways to treat this type of patient, patients that either fail on tamoxifen treatment or don’t respond at all.

“It’s very important for patients to know what we’re doing even though a lot of our research is at the early stages and it may take a few years for something to come from it. There are currently therapies coming out at the moment that people have been researching for a long time; this is what we’re doing now and hopefully in a few years down the line we may have new drugs for patients.”

Proud mum Marion from Clondalkin said, “I’m so proud of her. Cancer research is so important. I’m living proof of this.”

Members of the public can help fund vital cancer research and support services for those affected by cancer, such as Night Nursing and the Society’s Freephone Cancer Nurseline, by Painting it Pink this October. Visit www. paintitpink.ie or call 1850 60 60 60 for fundraising ideas and information on breast cancer.

CEO of the Irish Cancer Society John McCormack said, “We can’t continue our work in the fight against breast cancer without raising significant funds, so we hope men and women across the country will get behind the campaign and Paint it Pink with us! It is through campaigns such as Paint it Pink that we can continue to fund and support exciting new research and support services for those affected by breast cancer.”

The Paint it Pink campaign is kindly supported by Centra.