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UCD Breast Health Day 2017

UCD researchers joined student societies, patient advocate groups and cancer survivors at various locations across the campus on Tuesday, 24 October to help raise awareness of prevention and early detection of breast cancer.

The European Breast Cancer Coalition holds an annual Breast Health Day to encourage women to engage in physical activity, maintain a normal body weight and eat a healthy diet to help protect their breast health.

UCD Breast Health Day 2017

Pictured (L-R): Eithne Cullinan, Europa Donna Ireland; Dr Fiona Lanigan, Centre Manager, BREAST-PREDICT; Dr Claire Kilty, Project Manager, UCD Wellcome ISSF; Dr Niamh Russell, OPTi-PREDICT

For the third consecutive year, this message is being echoed in UCD through an initiative led by Systems Biology Ireland, UCD Conway Institute and BREAST-PREDICT. Cancer researchers joined forces with student societies; Pharmtox and UCD Nutrition Society as well as cancer survivors associated with the patient advocate group, Europa Donna Ireland and the Marie Keating Foundation.

As well as providing information about breast health and a bit of practical, hands-on science from nutrition and cancer scientists, there was free fresh fruit sponsored by Morton’s in Ranelagh and some fun exercise; from hula hoop competitions to Zumba classes.

Speaking after the event, Ciara O’Donnell from Europa Donna Ireland said, “Excess body weight and physical inactivity account for 25-33 % pf breast cancer cases. Understanding the value of a healthy diet, moderate alcohol consumption and taking exercise from a young age sets good habits which are easier to maintain through your 20s, 30s and beyond. Your body will repay you every day when you give it the best nutrition you can and challenge it through exercise regularly.”

The event coincided with a presentation at the Conway Lecture & Seminar Series by Katie Scott, Cancer Research UK on ‘Embedding sustainable and value-adding Patient & Public Involvement’

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