People in north-east urged to ‘wear it pink’ for Breast Cancer Awareness Week

An MSP is encouraging constituents to “wear it pink” this month to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Week.

It comes after campaigners visited Scottish Parliament to meet politicians to discuss how the charity Breast Cancer Now is helping women.

In the NHS Grampian region, from 2012-16, an average of 445 women were diagnosed with breast cancer each year.

During the same period, an average of 107 women lost their lives to the disease.

Breast Cancer Now funds research in four key areas: prevention of breast cancer, early detection and diagnosis, treatment and secondary breast cancer.

Wear It Pink day takes place next Friday and thousands of people from across the community will show their support in communities, schools or workplaces for vital breast cancer causes.

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Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin is encouraging people to get involved in this year’s event.

Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin

She said:“Every year Breast Cancer Now makes sure to raise awareness across the north-east about this disease.

“It is so incredibly important we do all we can to help support women and encourage them to get vital checks so we can make sure early detection rates increase.

“I’d like to encourage people in my constituency to ‘wear it pink’ on October 19 whether that’s in school, the office or at a local community event.”