A £ 100,000 fundraising card for pioneer breast cancer research in Belfast has been launched by a charity that marks its 50th anniversary.
Cancer Focus NI celebrates five decades of supporting cancer patients across the country with an ambitious campaign to fund cutting-edge work at the Queen's University.
Money raised through Cheers 50 years The campaign will be devoted to the search of a team led by Dr. They were Savage and Dr Stuart MacIntosh who will examine tissue samples from more than 300 women who have developed cancer in their second breast and determine if their second cancer has spread from the first or if they are unrelated.
If successful, this research will help reduce the number of women who are having unnecessary surgery and ensure that all women receive the best personalized treatment for their breast cancer in Northern Ireland.
This work could go towards the development of a test to identify women at greater risk, which could save lives in the future.
Dr. Savage said that, without the support of charity organizations such as Cancer Focus NI, the investigation would be "much more backward", with survival rates for breast cancer that were approaching 90%, thanks to the majority of breast cancer research that is financed with charities.
"If you look at the last 30 years, breast cancer survival rates have doubled more than just research, and that is a big impact," he said.
"Breast cancer used to be this terrible and terrible disease, and it is still a terrible disease, but most people survive now, survival rates are now approaching 90%."
Speaking about the new project, he added: "Our hope is that, first of all, we can identify what proportion of women have their original breast cancer instead of a new breast cancer and that will have quite profound implications about how to treat them, "he said.
"Secondly, we are really looking if we can design a test to identify those women who are at risk of having a second breast cancer.
"Women who come with breast cancer of a band could potentially identify themselves if they are at a higher risk of getting another one and that would allow us to customize their surgery and treatment at this time, for the which, perhaps, for example, offers them a double mastectomy at that time.
"Conversely, I think it is important that we can reassure those women who request a double mastectomy for a unilateral breast cancer that is not at risk for a second breast or low risk breast cancer. a second breast cancer.
"Many women are asking for a double mastectomy for a unilateral breast cancer and we know that they can have serious consequences for them in terms of double risk of complications without benefits in terms of surviving breast cancer."
Roisin Foster, executive director of Cancer Charity Focus NI, said that the focus of the 50th year of charity was to return to its roots, fund research.
He said that 100,000 pounds were an "ambitious goal", but he was confident with the support of the public, who would reach the target.
"We have been here for 50 years, we have been supporting people in Northern Ireland for 50 years and for 50 years we have had the support of people in the community," he said.
"So we expect people to stand behind us to celebrate our successes that go back to 1968 and also to look forward to saying that it is good to look back at 50 years of service, but what about the future.
"So, through the financing of the research we are having an impact in the future and we are waiting for people to put behind us and we will continue on our website and touch the donation button, we will write and continue In contact, but we also remember that we are there for you and anyone affected by cancer, so please contact us if we can help you. "
Cancer Focus NI started its life as the Ulster Cancer Foundation, which was thanks to the patient Peter Brand, who noticed during his own treatment the need for investigations and trials that were carried out in Ireland of the North.
Charity was reelaborated in 2012 to do what was clearer to the public, to put cancer first and to point out that the money raised returned to services in Northern Ireland.
The personnel and the volunteers provide services of support and attention to the patients with cancer and their families; Provide a series of cancer prevention programs to help people reduce the risk of getting cancer; Funds scientific research on the causes and treatment of the disease and campaigns to improve health policy to protect our community and its future.
"We were started in 1968 by a patient Peter Brand who had cancer as a very young man who was in the hospital having a treatment listening to the consultants complaining that there were no clinical trials here, no local research about him Cancer at all, no laboratory at all, "Roisin said.
"He was not a man to sit down under it, when he recovered, he returned and said:" We're going to do something about it. "
"He was back in contact with the consultants, there was a patient driving meeting and a driver's consultant to say that we need something here and they established what was then the Ulster Cancer Foundation The main objective at that time was to fund the local cancer research, this was the first thing they had in mind.
"But when they did they realized they were not enough, they needed to look at all education and awareness. One of the first members was a local doctor, Dr Ben Moran, around of Banbridge, and he spoke to me when I first entered the site and said that the first thing we had to do was make people say the word cancer.
"They could not say it, it was this terrible disease, we needed to become aware, people talking about it, people who are aware of the signs and symptoms, how is cancer going, how can it be avoided? Education goes turn into something very big, awareness about cancer, go out to the public, go to schools, jobs.
"Within a few years I realized there are people living with cancer right here, prevention is important, but there are people who have the disease now, we have to be supporting people now The people of NurseLine were born to enter and talk with a nurse, so our services have developed and we have been very faithful to these values with which we started.
"Although the things and languages we use may have changed, we are still financing research, we are still raising awareness and education in schools, workplaces, community groups, we are still supporting people living with cancer today. "
Looking to the future, Roisin said he was expecting cancer to be a day like a "manageable illness and not a killer disease."
"I hope that in 50 years the person sitting in this chair will say that cancer is now a manageable disease," he said.
"We are not losing half of the people who suffer from cancer, that cancer is probably always with us, but we will achieve it better and we will achieve it before, we will treat it less invasively and that more people will survive and this is my hope."
To support Cancer Focus NI with your fundraising unit, visit www.cancerfocusni.org and click the donation button. All the money that goes up stays in Northern Ireland.
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