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Breast care nurse is here to help

Monday, 26th March, 2012

HERE TO HELP: Breast care nurse Jo Beven with the Breast Cancer Support Group. HERE TO HELP: Breast care nurse Jo Beven with the Breast Cancer Support Group.

By Kurtis Eichler

 Breast cancer sufferers have been assured that they still have the support of the Royal Flying Doctor’s new breast care nurse, Jo Beven.

Ms Beven spoke to members of the Breast Cancer Support Group last week about what her new role as a McGrath Foundation and Elders breast care nurse entails and how she can help support those in remission and currently suffering.

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women, with 12,567 diagnosed in 2007 alone.

By the age of 85, one in nine women will have been diagnosed with the disease.

Ms Beven said the group was “proactive” and interested in listening to what she had to say.

“They’re a good bunch of women and they promote breast health and breast awareness in their own social groups.”

Mary Barrie said the talk by Ms Beven was informative and that while many sufferers were accustomed to visiting Ms Beven at the hospital, it was good to know she would continue to support them in her new position.

“It’s good to know she’s there if we need something.”

Ms Barrie - a prosthesis fitter - said after her own diagnosis 14 years ago there was no group available for support in the city.

“There was in Adelaide but not here and I had a breast care nurse help me there.”

 The ladies meet in the Lifeline office’s back room on the fourth Thursday of every month at 4pm.
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