Pink Ladies

Information and support

The organisation practices good governance throughout and a Management Committee has been in place since Constituted made up of two Co Chairs, a Secretary, a Treasurer and 5 other board members who meet on a monthly basis, with the opportunity to call an Extraordinary Board Meeting (EBM) if need be and an annual AGM. At present we operate 2 part time Development Worker DSD funded posts which in fact is a full time post shared between the two staff members as one of them is on a phased return to work after her second battle with Cancer and will return full time in September 2016. The other post is 30 hours F/T admin support and is through a government back to work scheme Known as The Foyle Community Works Programme aimed at 18-25 year olds for 2 years. The 2 part time staff receive monthly one to one supervision from Karen Mullan (Co Chair and Founder Member/Volunteer) and Donna Mc Closkey (Secretary/Volunteer) both of whom have a vast range of experience in Employment Law and Governance as they already manage their own staff within their busy community based organisations. At present both staff members are responsible for the daily supervision and training of the FCWP employee and also the volunteers this in turn is overseen by both line managers. All staff report to the Management Committee during scheduled meetings. We have also just begun the process of establishing a Members Forum who will feed back to the Management Committee and have now agreed on The Terms of Reference, this gives all members and service users an equal opportunity to have a voice and say in the implementation of best service delivery.

Screening for Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer in women in Northern Ireland after non- melanoma skin cancer. Breast cancer can occur at any age. However, the risk of developing it increases with age. Most breast cancers occur in women over 50. If it is found early, there is a better chance that treatment will be successful.

All women aged 50-70 are invited to attend for a mammogram at their local breast screening unit every three years. Women over 70 are not routinely invited for breast screening although they are encouraged to call their local screening unit to request breast screening every three years. Breast screening uses a low dose X-ray test called a mammogram to check the breast for signs of cancer.


Cervical Cancer

Cervical cancer is when abnormal cells in the lining of the cervix grow in an uncontrolled way. The cervix is part of the female reproductive system and is in the lower part of the womb. It is the opening to the vagina from the womb. The main symptom is unusual bleeding from the vagina. Finding changes in the cells through screening can help to prevent cancer developing.

Bowel Cancer

Bowel cancer is cancer that starts in the colon (large bowel) or back passage (rectum). It is also known as colorectal cancer.

Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer is when abnormal cells in the ovary begin to grow and divide in an uncontrolled way, and eventually form a growth (tumour).
The symptoms of ovarian cancer can be very vague, particularly when the disease is in its early stages.

Male Breast Cancer

It’s important to understand the risk factors formale breast cancer, particularly because men are not routinely screened for the disease and don’t think about the possibility that they’ll get it.

Male Bowel Cancer

Bowel Cancer is Cancer that starts in the colon (large bowel) or back passage (rectum). It is also known as Colorectal Cancer.

Testicular Cancer

It’s best to do a Testicular Self Examination during or right after a hot shower or bath. The scrotum (skin that covers the testicles) is most relaxed then, which makes it easier to examine the testicles.

Prostate Cancer

The prostate is a gland found at the base of the bladder wrapped around the tube (called the urethra) which carries urine out of the penis. It is about the size of a golf ball and its job is produce fluid which carries sperm. The symptoms for prostate cancer can be similar to those found in men but for most men there are no symptoms. Therefore, it is important that you discuss any symptoms you have with your doctor.