21 October 2011

Look After Your Girls -Fitzgerald urges women to talk to their friends about breast cancer

Local Fine Gael T.D. Minister Frances Fitzgerald was all dressed in pink this week as she joined tens of women from across Lucan in an event to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The Feel Good Event, which was held in Kenny’s Lounge in Lucan, was organised by Fitzgerald in conjunction with the Marie Keating Foundation and heard from their breast health nurse as well as lifestyle experts Brian Colburt and Aveen Bannon.

“This is the third year that I have held an event in the heart of Lucan to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This year we are asking women to look after their girls, to speak to their friends about breast cancer and be breast health aware,” explained Fitzgerald.

“The statistics are startling – almost 3,000 Irish women are diagnosed every year with breast cancer. Early detection is key. The Marie Keating Foundation’s breast health nurse explained the importance of being breast health aware and I really feel she empowered women to be more responsible when it comes to our breast health. In today’s busy world it is very hard to make time for your own health but the reality is everything else can wait, cancer won’t,” continued Fitzgerald.

“Of course today’s event was more than just scary statistics, today was a day of fun and from our panel of lifestyle experts we heard about the importance of positive mental attitudes and healthy eating. I amn’t quite sure if I can stick to the colourful diet at every meal, but I am certainly going to give it a try,” vowed Fitzgerald.

“It is so important for women to be breast aware, to be healthy and to be positive and I do hope that people took that message away with them today. Masseuses were on hand today to give people a taste of what a stress-free life would be like. I was delighted to have received such positive feedback from the women who attended and really hope that people gained from attending this event,” concluded Minister Fitzgerald.
Frances herself has long had a special interest in health issues. Before she entered politics Frances was a social worker on the frontline in St James’ Hospital, The Mater Hospital and the Ballymun Child and Family Centre. Frances campaigned for the nationwide extension of the mammogram service during her days as Chair of the National Women’s Council.