Proud to be supporting
Pictures from the Autosport Presentation
Jonathan Prince (Pink Ribbon Trustee) and Carl Secker
The Leewood committee, after hearing about Jane Leyland's unfortunate diagnosis of breast cancer, decided to support the Pink Ribbon Foundation during the 2013 Autograss season and we've continued to support Pink Ribbon each year.
We raised funds by means of collections at the gate, the sale of mugs, T-shirts and hoodies etc and a raffle for a Class 1 Micra that was built by Rob Simmonds of RSM Engineering and other club members with donations of paint and other materials needed to complete the project from other Autograss members.
About Pink Ribbon Foundation
Aims and Objectives
“Pink Ribbon Foundation is a grant making trust. Its mission is to fund projects and provide impartial financial support to breast cancer charities; to unite all such charities and thus together fight breast cancer in unison.”
The Foundation was set up in September 2000 with an aim to be a truly independent and impartial fundraiser to all aspects of breast cancer. The Pink Ribbon Foundation aims to provide financial support to breast cancer charities whose objectives are:
To relieve the needs of people who are suffering from, or who are or have been affected by, breast cancer by providing, or assisting in the provision of, information, care, emotional, practical and financial support to such people; and
To advance public education in the understanding of breast cancer, its early detection and its treatment, in particular but not exclusively by commissioning or providing assistance to conduct research into the causes, detection, and treatment of breast cancer, and by the dissemination of the useful results of such research.
To remind you what your kind gesture to the Foundation helps with. Here are some recent statistics.
1 in 9 women will suffer from breast cancer in the UK.
It will kill over 230 women this week.
Over 47,700 new cases are diagnosed every year.
Breast cancer is now the commonest single cause of death among women.
277 men in the UK were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010.
Key to what the Pink Ribbon Foundation is about is:
It’ mission to be different. We try very hard to have a heart and look after the front line people.
It’s independence. We are totally independent and take no money from drug companies.
It’s no infrastructure policy. We have no staff, we are all volunteers and this means that we can maximise the money we can offer breast cancer charities in the form of grants.
Every year the Foundation invites charities concerned with breast cancer to apply for grants from the money raised. Operating in this way allows the Foundation to help charities both large and small - many of the small organisations rely on donations such as these to keep them going. We intend to continue to do this.
The Pink Ribbon Foundation has very little infrastructure. It relies on hard work given by Trustees, interested parties and its Patrons. We do this in order to maximise the amount that goes to the charities that benefit from the funds we raise. Last year this policy meant that over 90% of everything raised was available to breast cancer charities
Breast Cancer - The Facts
How common is breast cancer?
- Breast cancer is now the most common cancer in women in the UK. Recent information shows that a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer has risen to one in eight from one in nine.
- In 2008 in the UK, almost 47,700 women were diagnosed with breast cancer, that’s around 125 women a day.
- 277 men in the UK were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007.
- Female breast cancer incidence rates have increased by around 50% over the last twenty- five years.
- In the last ten years, female breast cancer incidence rates in the UK have increased by 5%.
- 48% of breast cancers are diagnosed in women aged 50 to 69. A third were in women aged over 70. 19% were in women aged 25 to 49.
- In the UK in 2007/2008, the NHS breast screening programmes detected more than 16,000 cases of breast cancer.
- It's estimated that the NHS breast-screening programme saves over 1,000 lives each year.
- Worldwide, around 1.38 million women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008.
- Breast cancer incidence rates vary considerably, with the highest rates in Western Europe and the lowest rates in Africa and Asia.
- In the European Union (EU-27), around 332,000 new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed in 2008.
How many people survive breast cancer?
- Breast cancer survival rates have been improving for forty years. More women are surviving breast cancer than ever before.
- In the 1970s, around 5 out of 10 women with breast cancer survived the disease beyond five years. Now it's more than 8 out of 10.
- Women diagnosed with breast cancer are now twice as likely to survive their disease for at least ten years as those who were diagnosed forty years ago.
- More than three-quarters of women diagnosed with breast cancer now survive their disease for at least ten years or more.
- Almost 2 out of 3 women with breast cancer now survive their disease beyond 20 years.
- Breast cancer survival rates are significantly higher among women from the most affluent areas compared to women living in the most deprived areas.
- Breast cancer survival rates are better the earlier the cancer is diagnosed.
- Around 9 out of 10 of women diagnosed with stage I breast cancer survives the disease beyond five years. This drops to around 1 out of 10 diagnosed with stage IV.
How many people die from breast cancer?
- In 2008 in the UK around 12,000 women and around 70 men died from breast cancer.
- Each year there are around 1,300 deaths from breast cancer in women under 50.
- More than half of breast cancer deaths are women aged over 70.
- Since peaking in the late 1980s breast cancer death rates have fallen more than a third.
- In the last ten years death rates for breast cancer have fallen by almost a fifth.
- In Britain breast cancer is now the second most common cause of death from cancer in women after lung cancer.
- Worldwide around 458,000 women died from breast cancer in 2008.
- In the European Union (EU-27), around 89,000 women died from breast cancer in 2008.
What causes breast cancer?
- Women with a mother, sister or daughter diagnosed with breast cancer have almost double the risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer themselves.
- Risk increases with the number of first-degree relatives diagnosed with breast cancer, but even so, eight out of nine breast cancers occur in women without a family history of breast cancer.
- Obesity increases risk of postmenopausal breast cancer by up to 30%.
- Women currently using hormone replacement therapy (HRT) have a 66% increased risk of breast cancer.
- Use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has fallen in the UK in recent years, which has been estimated to prevent 1,400 breast cancers annually in women aged 50-59.
- The risk of breast cancer in current users of oral contraceptives is increased by around a quarter.
- Drinking moderate amounts of alcohol increases the risk of breast cancer - as little as one alcoholic drink per day increases breast cancer risk by around 12%.
- A more active lifestyle reduces breast cancer risk.
Being Breast Aware
Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide and the UK. Especially in highly developed countries like our own.
- This week in the UK approximately 900 women will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer. It will be the same next week and the next and the next, totalling over 47,700 new cases diagnosed each year.
- For women, the lifetime risk of being diagnosed is about 1 in 8.
- It is believed that Britain now has the highest breast cancer mortality rate in the world.
- This week 230 over women in the UK will die of Breast Cancer.
The Department of Health, Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and all cancer charities including the Pink Ribbon Foundation now encourage women to be breast aware. Being breast aware means women getting to know how their breasts look and feel normally so that they notice any change that might be unusual. You can do this by looking and feeling in any way that makes you feel comfortable - in the bath or shower, when dressing, standing or lying down. Detecting a change early means that if cancer is diagnosed any treatment may well have a better outcome.
- Check yourself regularly.
- Look for changes. Be aware of their shape and texture.
- Touch your breasts. Feel for anything unusual.
- Check anything unusual with your GP.
- Chat with your friends if you are worried.
Nine out of ten breast cancers are detected by women themselves or their partners.
Changes to look out for include:
- Size or shape - e.g. one breast might become larger or lower than the other.
- Skin texture - such as puckering or dimpling of the skin.
- Appearance or direction of nipple - e.g. one nipple might become inverted (turned-in).
- Discharge - one or both nipples might discharge a blood-stained liquid
- Rash or crusting of the nipple or surrounding area.
- Lump in the breast or armpit.
- Lumpy area or unusual thickening of breast tissue that doesn't go away after your period.
- Pain in part of the breast or armpit that is unrelated to periods.
- Remember that nine out of ten breast lumps are not cancerous.
Who Pink Ribbon Foundation Support
After Breast Cancer
Against Breast Cancer
Action Breast Cancer
Breast Cancer Haven
Bristol Cancer Care
Breast Cancer UK (No More Breast Cancer)
Breast Cancer Survival Trust
Cancer Research UK
Cancer Help Centre
Coping with Breast Cancer
Cancer Counselling Trust
Cancer Care Cymru
Douglas Macmillan Hospice
East Kent Mammography Appeal
HER Breast Friends
Hereditary BC Helpline
Herriot Hospice Care
Imperial College Healthcare
Irish Cancer Foundation
Mid Kent BC Research Appeal
Marie Curie Cancer Care
Macmillan Cancer Relief
Marie Keating Foundation
Newmarket Breast Cancer Support Group
Paddlers for Life
Paul‘s Cancer Support Centre
Princess Alice Hospice
Positive Action on Cancer
Penny Brohn Cancer Care
Rotherham Breast Cancer Support Group
South Gwent BC Support Group
St Helens Cancer Support Group
St Michaels Hospice
The Cancer Resource Centre
The Mid-Kent BC Research Appeal
The Genesis Appeal
The Primrose Centre
The Royal Marsden
The Cancer Resource Centre
Willow Burn Hospice
A few comments from them
|After Breast Cancer||After Breast Cancer are a local group based in Harrogate who provide practical and emotional support to people whose lives have been affected by breast cancer. The grant helps to support this service and its expansion.|
|Cancer Councelling Trust||Our grant enabled the Cancer Counselling Trust to offer free counselling sessions to support clients facing breast cancer some of which are terminal.|
Macmillan Cancer Relief has been supported with two grants. The first goes to helping meet some of the extra costs that breast cancer can bring to families on tight incomes.
The second helps towards the funding of a specialist nurse for the area around North Glamorgan in Wales. The nurse will support people diagnosed with breast cancer and
also raise awareness of the disease, its detection and treatment through health promotion and education on healthy lifestyles.
|Marie Curie||Marie Curie Cancer Care was given grants towards the cost of caring for patients with breast cancer in their own homes at the end of their life|
Cancer Support Group
|Rotherham Breast Cancer Support Group was given a grant to fund new premises so they can increase support by offering a one stop venue with a daily drop-in advice centre.|
|Royal Marsden||Royal Marsden were given a grant to help towards equipping the new breast cancer diagnostic centre on its site which will allow rapid diagnosis of not only suspected breast cancer, but also prostate and lymph cancer.|
|The Haven||Without the support of trusts and foundations like the Pink Ribbon Foundation, we simply could not afford to offer free, highly skilled programme of care that has made such a difference to our visitors. With breast cancer now affecting one woman I every eight in the UK more women are using our unique service|
|The Primrose Foundation||More than 300 visitors have had therapy this year which would not have been possible to help many of these if we did not have funding. We have not had to refuse treatment to any visitor seeking our help which is marvellous, but this needed the generosity of others such as The Pink Ribbon Foundation. Thank You.|
|Cancer Research UK||Our ground-breaking work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of (breast) cancer has seen survival rates double over the last 40 years. This would not be possible without the help of supporters like you.|
|Imperial College||Dear Pink Ribbon Foundation, we are extremely grateful to you for your help in our research into LMTK3 as a major susceptibility gene in breast cancer.|