20 October 2011
Angela Sheldrick, Macmillan Breast Cancer Nurse Specialist at Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Avon Cosmetics is hosting a live web chat with a Macmillan Breast Cancer Nurse Specialist to allow local women, their friends and families to receive expert advice about breast cancer. Accessed easily via (www.avonconnects.co.uk) the live web chat will take place during Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Thursday 27 October at 1pm.
Research shows that there are around 550,000* women living with breast cancer in the UK today. Angela Sheldrick, a Macmillan Breast Cancer Nurse Specialist with over 12 years experience at Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, will be on hand to give people living with breast cancer, their friends and families, expert advice and support from the comfort of their own home.
Emma Salt, Charity Partnerships Manager at Avon Cosmetics, says:
'As Avon celebrates 125 years of improving women’s lives, our commitment to the breast cancer cause is stronger than ever. We’re delighted to be working with Macmillan to harness the reach of Avon Connects – a unique, online social network – to offer support to more people affected by breast cancer.'
Research also shows there are around 30,000** women living with secondary breast cancer in England in any one year. As part of the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, the cosmetics company also funds a Macmillan Secondary Breast Cancer Nurse Specialist based in Warwickshire to help women and their families to deal with the emotional stress of being diagnosed with cancer for a second time. The Avon Breast Cancer Crusade has raised and awarded over £15million for vital breast cancer research, education and care in the UK.
Francesca Insole from Macmillan Cancer Support says:
'Breast cancer is an issue close to the hearts of women everywhere. This is why Avon and the Macmillan team have set up the web chat to give women and their loved ones the chance to seek information, advice and support through a new channel. You don’t have to face cancer alone.'
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Notes to Editors:
Source: * Maddams J, et al. Cancer prevalence in the United Kingdom: estimates for 2008. British Journal of Cancer. 2009. 101: 541-547.
**Figures for England estimated by Frontier Economics. One to one support for cancer patients: A report prepared for Department of Health. 2010
This year, Avon Products, Inc. celebrates 125 years of empowering women around the globe.
As the world's leading direct seller of beauty and related products, Avon now operates in over 100 countries with over $10 billion in annual revenues. More than 6.5 million Independent sales Representatives take advantage of Avon’s earnings opportunity to gain financial empowerment.
Avon now reaches one in three women in the UK, with six million women seeing an Avon brochure every three weeks. In 2010, ‘Avon Connects’ launched in the UK, offering Independent Avon Representatives and customers the opportunity to connect through a unique, online, social media platform.
Avon provides innovative, quality products to customers at competitive prices.
Product lines include Avon make-up, Avon fragrance, ANEW skincare, Skin So Soft and Advance Techniques. Avon also sells an extensive range of wellbeing products, jewellery, lingerie, accessories and gifts.
Avon products can be purchased online at www.avonshop.co.uk or through an Independent Avon Representative by calling 0333 2345678 or visiting www.avonconnects.co.uk.
As the company for women, Avon is committed to supporting the causes that matter most to women – breast cancer and domestic violence. Avon has raised over $800 million to date as the world’s largest supporter of women’s causes.
In 1992, Avon UK launched its Breast Cancer Crusade which has so far raised over £15 million for charities including Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Macmillan Cancer Support and Crazy Hats Breast Cancer Appeal.
Avon UK has also donated over £500,000 to its domestic violence charity partners Refuge, Women’s Aid and UNIFEM, to help end violence against women.
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About Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer, providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support. Working alongside people affected by cancer, Macmillan works to improve cancer care. More than one in three of us get cancer. Two million of us are living with it. If you are affected by cancer Macmillan can help.
For more information about Macmillan Cancer Support, visit
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