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More than 100 people heard from some of Frimley Health's top breast cancer experts at an event in Farnborough this week.

Isabella Karat addresses the audienceBreast surgeons and specialist nurses from Frimley Park Hospital were the key speakers at our latest health event.

The breast care evening special at the Village Hotel on Tuesday was part of our programme of free health events for members of the public run by Frimley Health across Hampshire, Berkshire, Surrey and Buckinghamshire.

Foundation trust membership manager Sarah Waldron, who organises these popular events, said: “I am always astounded at the interest and support we get from our local community to our health events.

“The appetite people have to find out more about health matters and their local hospital is wonderful.”

Sarah added: “We run about 10 health events every year but the special events like this that we run include more time, extra speakers and a number of stands and other areas of interest.”

The evening was entitled ‘Breast awareness – strategies for prevention, myths and future trends in cancer management’. Speakers included breast surgeons Isabella Karat and Raouf Daoud and breast cancer nurse specialists Ruth O’Connor and Catherine Calton.

There was also extra information about nutrition, checking for breast cancer, patient safety, the trust’s charity and support for cancer patients.

Mrs Karat explained that although breast cancer was the commonest solid cancer in the UK, survival rates were better than ever with 87% of patients surviving beyond five years. Survival rates for Frimley Park patients were even better at 93.3%.

Frimley Park Hospital’s breast service sees around 6,000 patients every year. Some 300 to 350 of these will be treated for breast cancer.

The hospital’s charity is aiming to raise £750,000 to provide a dedicated breast unit with diagnostic equipment that will allow doctors to detect cancers earlier and save more lives. The appeal has already topped over £600,000.

The next Frimley Health public event is at 7.30pm on 22 March at the Legacy Hog’s Back Hotel, Farnham, GU10 1EX, where orthopaedic surgeons Mr Raman Dega and Mr Callum Clark will be talking about ‘Modern approaches to problems with the foot and ankle’. This event will also be free and open to all.