Cornmarket Group Financial Services Ltd has just today announced its new sponsorship of Breast Cancer Ireland’s Breast Health Education and Awareness programme for both teachers and transition year students nationwide. The aim of the programme is to encourage and educate women about good breast health from a young age so that if an abnormality occurs it will be identified early and the treatment outcome will be more positive.
The programme involves Breast Cancer Ireland’s nurses presenting to schools throughout the country, in a way that is designed to be friendly, informative and non-intrusive for both teachers and transition year students alike. Using a medically induced mannequin that shows the eight symptoms of breast cancer, the nurses educate young female students and teachers on how to perform a self-breast examination; recognising the symptoms and encouraging them to download Breast Cancer Ireland’s free Breast Aware App.
Over the course of the coming ‘Back to School’ weeks, an awareness campaign will be rolled out to encourage teachers and principals to book in free demonstrations for their transition year students and colleagues.
31 year old Emma Cassidy, a secondary school teacher and a recent breast cancer survivor was on hand to help launch the campaign. Commenting on the significance of the programme, Emma said: “I was so shocked to learn of my diagnosis as I thought breast cancer was an older woman’s disease. Never did I think it could happen to me but I am adamant not to let it define me and determined to ensure that my fellow female colleagues in education become more breast aware and understand good breast health.”
To learn more about the Breast Health Education & Awareness programme or to register for a visit, schools are encouraged to visit the Education Awareness section on www.breastcancerireland.com