President names charity

SAIF’s new National President Jim Auld announced at the AGM weekend that he will be supporting Breast Cancer Care during his year in office.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK today. More than 62,000 people are diagnosed annually and sadly 11,500 men and women will die from breast cancer every year.

Many SAIF members will be aware of the UK-wide charity, Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now, which provides specialist support and tailored information for anyone affected by breast cancer. Its clinical expertise and emotional support network help many thousands of people every day to find a way to live with, through and beyond breast cancer.

The charity promotes the importance of early detection, and campaigns for better support and care, involving people with breast cancer in all they do. There are many ways to face breast cancer and the team helps people to find theirs.

There is face to face and telephone support available.

Face to face services

Moving Forward is a four-week course which examines some of the issues that affect individuals with a breast cancer diagnosis.

Younger Women Together is for women aged 20-45. This is a two-day residential service exploring many of the very challenging decisions faced by younger women with breast cancer.

Living with Secondary Breast Cancer has been designed to give individuals with incurable cancer the opportunity to meet other people living with a secondary diagnosis and get relevant information and support.

Telephone services

Someone Like Me matches people with breast cancer with trained volunteers who have also had breast cancer to discuss concerns.

The telephone Helpline is a service offered to anyone who wants to talk and is manned by breast care nurses.

The BECCA app provides daily information on a wide variety of issues relating to breast cancer. The more you use the app the more ‘intelligent’ it becomes, tailoring the information.

The online forums are open 24/7 and are staffed by facilitators to ensure that people are getting the correct information and advice.

Look out for more on the charity in future issues or contact the SAIF Business Centre by calling 0345 230 6777, emailing or visiting

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