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Coach Royce Simmons, front, joins a group of woman who have been treated for cancer
Coach Royce Simmons, front, joins a group of woman who have been treated for cancer
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BIG-hearted Saints players have lent their considerable weight to a campaign to raise breast cancer awareness.

And as part of the initiative, group of women who have undergone treatment at St Helens Hospital’s Burney Breast Unit were invited by Saints to model the club’s new away kit and leisure wear at a club promotion day.

A hospital spokeswoman said: “We would like to thank Saints for providing such a huge confidence boost and at the same time urging other ladies to attend regular breast screening as early diagnosis of the disease can save lives.”

According to official figures for 2008 (the latest available), the number of new cases diagnosed in the St Helens and Halton areas was 241.

The Burney Breast Unit staff detect and treat more than 200 cases of breast cancer each year.

This renowned unit has its own x-ray facilities and provides a one-stop clinic with rapid access for patients requiring screening and a range of treatment.

Patients treated at the Trust benefit from a unique collaboration between the Burney Unit and the Mersey Regional Plastic Surgery Unit at Whiston Hospital.

This enables surgeons to perform breast cancer surgery within the same operation as breast reconstructive surgery, leading to faster recovery times and better cosmetic results.