Joanna Franks Franks brings Breast Cancer Awareness to the Glasgow Jewish Community

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Following the tremendous success of last year’s BFF breast cancer awareness events in London, Miss Joanna Franks, Consultant Breast and Oncoplastic Surgeon at UCLH, brought her expertise to the Glasgow Jewish Community.

On Sunday 24th March, more than 60 ladies attended Chai in Glasgow’s ‘Brunch with Jo, The Transformation in Breast Cancer Care – What you should now expect’.

Guest speaker, Joanna Franks, informed the capacity filled room on how to examine their breasts and what signs and symptoms to look out for. Joanna said: “What I hear a lot is that people are really nervous to examine themselves because they are worried about what they might find. But to put it into perspective, if 20 people come to my breast clinic, 19 will go home being told that they are absolutely fine.

You need to examine yourself once a month and no more than that. If you notice anything you will need to be examined by your GP and then you will more than likely be sent to the breast clinic.

If you are in the position that you are diagnosed with a cancer, do not rush into treatment, take a step back and breathe. The most important thing is that you are with a team that you feel confident with and you can talk to.”

Following the talk, the guests took part in a lively Q&A session covering a range of topics such as genetics, the BRCA gene and breast reconstruction.

Chai’s Chief Executive and fellow Glaswegian, Lisa Steele, said: “Joanna Franks was brilliant, providing accurate information and reassurance in a relaxed setting. I’d like to thank all the team in Glasgow for their hard work in organising such a successful event. The feedback has been so positive which shows the importance of such an event and we are now actively planning more awareness events across the rest of our satellite centres.”