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Tea party to celebrate "life after breast cancer"

12 September 2017

Organisers of a popular tea party held in Colchester to celebrate improving breast cancer survival rates are appealing for people to take part in the 2017 event.

The 16th annual Life After Breast Cancer tea party will take place on Thursday 12 October, 3pm-5pm, at the Moot Hall, Colchester Town Hall.

It is open to anyone, including men, who has ever had a diagnosis of breast cancer, either recently or years ago.

Organised by the Friends of Essex County Hospital Breast Care Unit, it is being held during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Staff from the unit and the Chelmsford & Colchester NHS Breast Screening Service who are based there will also attend.

Karen Reeve, Breast Admin Manager at Essex County Hospital, said: “The tea party provides an informal environment for those people who have had a diagnosis of breast cancer to meet each other and chat over a cup of tea, sandwiches and cake. People who have attended this event previously have found it very positive and supportive, and have made good friends.”

She added that October can be a particularly difficult time of year for newly-diagnosed patients and those receiving treatment or following breast cancer because of all the attention that is focused on Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

People who wish to attend the tea party, which will also include some entertainment, are asked to make a minimum donation of £7.50 to help cover the costs. The afternoon will include a speaker and entertainment.

Last year’s event was attended by approximately 120 people who had received a diagnosis of breast cancer, which is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women in the UK.

More women than ever are surviving breast cancer thanks to better awareness, better screening and better treatments. Around five out of six women diagnosed in the UK today will be alive in five years’ time, compared to three out of six women 40 years ago.

* To book a place at the Life After Breast Cancer tea party or for more information, please contact Karen Reeve, Breast Admin Manager at Essex County Hospital, by Thursday 5 October at the latest. Tel 01206 744408; email karen.reeve@colchesterhospital.nhs.uk