We are very proud of and would like to congratulate our colleague Nadina Grosios for fundraising and taking part in the “Women v Cancer” Ride The Night 100 Km cycle challenge through London last weekend, 28th May 2016, in support of three cancer charities; Breast Cancer Care, Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action (Ride The Night event website)
Nadina started the cycle challenge just before 11:00 pm on Saturday night and arrived, with a smile on her face, at the finish line at 5:45 am. The cycle race started at the Royal Windsor Racecourse, followed a 100 Km route into London and ended back at the Racecourse. More than 3,000 women took part in the event and helped raised over £1 million for cancer research and awareness of the three diseases, which is still urgently needed since all three are among the top 10 most common cancers in females.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in woman, representing nearly one third of all cases, whereas ovarian cancer is in 5th place. For both cancers the faulty inherited genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 are a risk factor, as well as age, partially due to the fact that the number of ovulations increases with age. Cervical cancer accounts for approximately 2% of all female cancers, but it is the most common type among woman under the age of 35. The major cause of this type of cancer that arises from the neck of the womb (uterus) is the human papilloma virus (HPV), accounting for 90% of all cases. Nevertheless, many women that encounter a HPV infection do not develop cervical cancer, highlighting other factors underlie its develop as well, including smoking, weakened immune system, birth control, starting sex at a young age and/or having many sexual partners.
With regards to the fundraising, there is still time to add your support and you can do so via Nadina’s fundraising webpage.