Thursday, December 8th, 2022

Your invite to the breast cancer awareness community event

My Sevenoaks Community is delighted to be working with Sevenoaks Medical Centre to hold a free event on Wednesday 2nd November to raise awareness of breast cancer. 

Steph Harrison of My Sevenoaks Community has been a passionate fundraiser for breast cancer in the Sevenoaks community for over 15 years, and is delighted to be involved in this important community event to raise awareness of breast cancer and fundraise for Against Breast Cancer. 

The event will include demonstrations on how to detect signs of potential breast cancer with a breast cancer consultant and highlight support that is available if you are diagnosed with breast cancer.

Steph Harrison commented, “Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK, but if it is caught early the survival rates are high. That is why it is important all women check themselves regularly and know how to do it properly and what symptoms they need to look out for. 

“This event will help educate women on how to check themselves properly thanks for Mr Devalia with the help of Ruth, his model. And also find out more about the support that is available to them in Sevenoaks if sadly they are diagnosed with breast cancer. Please come along on 2ndNovember to Sevenoaks Medical Centre to help us all raise awareness of breast cancer.”

This is a free event. Visit https://kims.org.uk/events/ to register your interest. 

What to expect on the day:

 9.30am – Welcome and refreshments.
 10.30am – Talk by Mr Haresh Develia, a fully accredited breast surgeon, who will outline the common symptoms of breast cancer, and with the help of a real model, show you how to examine your breasts to check for signs of breast cancer.
 12.00pm – Kat & Val of The Health Boost, a local health and wellness company, will be discussing the importance of good nutrition and exercise for a healthy mind and body.

Throughout the morning there will also be the opportunity to speak to representatives from Against Breast Cancer, a breast cancer charity, and BRCA Kent, a cancer support network. You will also be able to speak to the specialist Breast Care nurses, radiologists and mammographers who work at Sevenoaks Medical Centre and to tour the facilities available at the medical centre.

Mr Haresh Devalia is a Consultant Breast and Oncoplastic Surgeon at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, KIMS Hospital and Sevenoaks Medical Centre. He specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, including breast reconstructive surgery; sentinel node biopsy for breast cancer, and is an expert in offering various types of breast reconstruction tailored to a patient’s individual need.

Against Breast Cancer is a charity that funds pioneering research into new treatments, tools for earlier diagnosis and advice to reduce the risk of recurrence and secondary spread: www.Againstbreastcancer.org.uk

BRCA Kent is a support network for women with the BRCA mutation. Having a mutation of the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene leads to a much higher risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer, and this support group is for women with a confirmed BRCA1/2 diagnosis and are at any stage of their BRCA journey: www.brcakent.org.uk

Sevenoaks Medical Centre offers a One Stop Breast Clinic to symptomatic and asymptomatic patients, with state-of-the-art equipment, enabling all tests to be carried out during one appointment. Its Breast Clinics are supported by a team of highly skilled Mammographers, Specialist Breast Consultants, Specialist Breast Radiologists, Breast Care Nurses and Care Support Workers: www.sevenoaksmedicalcentre.com

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