SNP MSP Christina McKelvie brings Breast Cancer awareness to constituency
Local employers HSBC and First Direct held a breast cancer awareness workshop for staff in Hamilton on Monday 23 October, in partnership with the charity Breast Cancer Now.
The interactive session included a presentation, breast cancer risk myth-buster quiz and a Q&A opportunity. A drop-in stall was also positioned in the building for HSBC and First Direct staff who couldn’t attend the talk. The event was supported by local MSP Christina McKelvie.
This year, around 4,600 women in Scotland will receive a diagnosis of breast cancer and almost 1,000 will lose their lives to the disease. Checking your breasts regularly could save your life and the earlier breast cancer is found the greater the likelihood of a better outcome
The Breast Cancer awareness workshop was an opportunity to address this by providing local people with the chance to talk to experts about the signs and symptoms of breast cancer and discover how to lower their risk of the disease.
Sue Bell, Interim Head of Sales and Service at HSBC Group, said: “We were delighted to welcome Breast Cancer Now to talk to our employees in Hamilton about breast awareness.
“We take the health and wellbeing of our staff very seriously. We want to ensure that our employees in Hamilton are well informed on the signs and symptoms of breast cancer and that they know what to do if they spot something unusual.
“We are pleased that Breast Cancer Now’s TLC talk was so well received and I would like to thank them for a very well organised and informative session.”
Christina McKelvie MSP for Hamilton, Larkwall and Stonehouse said; “I’m delighted that the breast cancer awareness workshop for HSBC and First Direct staff in Hamilton proved so popular.
“It’s shocking that so many local women still don’t regularly check their breasts. I hope that everyone who attended the event now has the tools and information to create a regular breast checking habit and reduce their risk of breast cancer.”
Lawrence Cowan, Policy and Campaigns Manager for Breast Cancer Now in Scotland, said:
“Preventing and detecting breast cancer early remains integral to the success of our vision that by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live – and live well.
“When half of women in Scotland still aren’t checking themselves regularly for the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, there is still so much to do.
“We welcome this local breast cancer awareness session for HSBC and First Direct staff in Hamilton. It’s an important reminder to women that checking matters and we would also like to commend Christina McKelvie MSP for her fantastic support.”