AITC set to host breast cancer awareness event

Later this month, Albion in the Community (AITC) is hosting an online breast cancer awareness event, with a specific focus on how the disease affects black women.

By Tom Kelly • 06 October 2021

Cirene Chagas, a 55-year-old black woman from Brighton is one person that AITC have helped through their recovery following treatment.

Brighton & Hove Albion’s official charity helps thousands of people across Sussex through its health support programmes each year, raising awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle. On Sunday 24th October, AITC will be going one step further by offering a free online breast cancer awareness webinar.

As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Black History Month in October, this event will focus on how breast cancer can have a detrimental effect on this community and how black women can lower their risk of developing it.

Black women are more likely to develop breast cancer at a young age and are also more likely to develop triple-negative breast cancer, a more aggressive form of the disease.

Cirene Chagas, a 55-year-old black woman from Brighton is one person that AITC have helped through their recovery following treatment. 

For black women like Cirene, mammograms and screenings are particularly important, as these early-detection diagnoses can be lifesaving.

Vanessa Potter, who works as part of AITC’s health team, has highlighted the importance of this event and why people should consider attending.

“During an awareness month which focuses on both breast cancer and the black community, this seminar will offer the critical support and advice needed to help local people identify the early signs of cancer.

“During the seminar, we will explain the signs to look out for, show women how to do regular self-breast checks, as well as encourage attendance at NHS screening appointments.”

The webinar is part of the charity’s Speak Up Against Cancer campaign, which is funded by NHS Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group and Brighton and Hove City Council Public Health and aims to tackle local early detection rates.

Uzoamaka Nkwonta, a mammographer from the University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust, will be taking part in the event offering her specialist insight alongside staff from AITC.

The Zoom-based 45-minute event will take place on Sunday 24 October at 3pm and you can sign up to the event via this link

If you have any queries or would like to find out more information, you can contact AITC at: