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University of Worcester Presents Cheque for more than £4,000 to Worcestershire Breast Unit Campaign

The University of Worcester has presented a cheque for more than £4,000 to the founder of the Worcestershire Breast Unit Campaign.

cheque presentationThe campaign has been the University’s Charity of the Year for the past 12 months, during which time staff and students raised a grand total of £4,262.93 through a number of activities.

Carole Crowe, Worcestershire Breast Unit Campaign Co-ordinator, said: “The Worcestershire Breast Unit Campaign has been delighted with the support of the University of Worcester. We would like to express our sincerest gratitude to all those who donated and helped raise funds for the cause.”

The cheque was presented to consultant breast surgeon Steven Thrush, the founder of the campaign, following his lecture on ‘The Changing Face of Breast Cancer Care’ at the University on Wednesday, June 30.

Louise Jones, Head of the University’s Institute of Health and Society, said: “It was a very interesting and inspiring talk. Guests were given an insight into the changing world of breast cancer care and the associated risks between diet, body weight and breast cancer.

“In Worcestershire, around 500 people are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. Outpatient appointments are estimated to reach up to 6,000 per year at the specialist unit. These are just a few of the reasons why Steven’s work is so important for both cancer patients and the local community as a whole.”

Mr Thrush is based at Worcestershire Royal Hospital and works as part of a core team, including a team of specialist breast care nurses, radiologists, oncologist and pathologist.

He trained at the Royal Free School in London. His general surgical training was based around several centres of excellence in respect to managing breast disease. During the latter part of his training he became active in promoting widening of the breast surgeons’ remit to include Oncoplastic surgery (combining the management of cancer with techniques to minimise disfigurement.)