Lucerne, September 14, 2023 – This year’s awareness campaign, “Say No to Breast Cancer, Say Yes to Early Detection” will take place in the Pink Cube from September 29 to October 28. In the “Pink Cube” containers in Liestal, Chur, Baden and Zurich, gynecologists will offer visitors free consultations and breast examinations, and will demonstrate to women how to examine their breasts themselves at home. The awareness campaign is an initiative of MSD and is supported by the patient organization EUROPA DONNA Schweiz and the co-organizers GILEAD and AstraZeneca.
On the occasion of the Breast Cancer month of October, the awareness campaign “Say No to Breast Cancer, Say Yes to Early Detection” will take place for the second time in a row. On two days each, the Pink Cube will be at four sites in German-speaking Switzerland. This year, they will be in Baden and Zurich once again, and in Liestal and Chur for the first time. The awareness campaign is aimed at women and men of all ages and calls on them to take personal responsibility and actively participate in breast cancer prevention. Gynecologists in local practices will offer visitors free consultations and breast examinations and show women how to examine their breasts themselves at home. The awareness campaign is supported on site by women from the breast cancer patient organization EUROPA DONNA Schweiz.
Breast cancer awareness campaign in the “Pink Cube” at the Baden site (taken in 2022). Copyright © 2023 Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, NJ, USA and its subsidiaries. All rights reserved.
Reception at the “Pink Cube” (taken in 2022). Copyright © 2023 Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, NJ, USA and its subsidiaries. All rights reserved.
Free consultation and breast examination of a visitor to the Pink Cube by a gynecologist (taken in 2022). Copyright © 2023 Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, NJ, USA and its subsidiaries. All rights reserved.
Breast cancer awareness campaign in the “Pink Cube” at the Zurich Stadelhofen site (taken in 2022). Copyright © 2023 Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, NJ, USA and its subsidiaries. All rights reserved.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer worldwide1
Breast cancer is the most common cancer worldwide.1 In Switzerland, breast cancer is the second most common cancer with about 6,500 new diagnoses every year in women, and 50 in men.2 The risk of becoming ill with breast cancer increases significantly starting at age 50, but a quarter of those affected are younger than 50 at the time of the diagnosis.1,3
Around 10-15% of women affected receive the diagnosis of TNBC (Triple Negative Breast Cancer), an aggressive form of breast cancer that occurs more often in younger women.4
Early detection and treatment of breast cancer can save lives
Even though the treatment options have improved considerably and many patients live cancer-free today, about 1,400 women and 10 men die from breast cancer each year in Switzerland.2 This makes breast cancer the third most common cause of death from cancer (after lung cancer and colon cancer) in Switzerland.2 An early diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer can be crucial.
Christina Christen, President EUROPA DONNA Schweiz. Diagnosis breast cancer 2004.
“The earlier breast cancer is detected and treated, the greater the chances of curing it.” says Christina Christen, President of EUROPA DONNA Schweiz. “Each of us can actively contribute to lowering the risk of breast cancer. Becoming informed about breast cancer is the first step. A healthy lifestyle, having gynecological pre-screening exams and regular breast examinations contribute to prevention and early detection. Early breast cancer detection can be crucial!“, adds Christina Christen.
Dates and locations of the Pink Cube
|Sep. 29 / Sep. 30||Liestal|
|Oct. 05 / Oct. 06||Chur|
|Oct. 20 / Oct. 21||Baden|
|Oct. 27 / Oct. 28||Zurich|
Pink Cube in Liestal
|Where:||Rathausstrasse 37, Liestal|
|When:||Friday, September 29 from 2 PM to 6 PM and Saturday, September 30 from 9 AM to 1 PM|
|On site:||Dr. med. Sonja Ebner with the team of the Breast Center Baselland and members of the breast cancer patient organization EUROPA DONNA Schweiz|
Pink Cube in Chur
|When:||Thursday, October 05 from 1 PM to 7 PM and Friday, October 06 from 1 PM to 7 PM|
|On site:||Dr. med. Martina Maranta and Dr. med. (I) Christina Prevost with the gynecology teams of the University Hospital Zurich and Cantonal Hospital Graubünden and members of the breast cancer patient organization EUROPA DONNA Schweiz|
Pink Cube in Baden
|Where:||Bahnhofplatz, 5400 Baden|
|When:||Friday, October 20 from 1 PM to 7 PM and Saturday, October 21 from 10 AM to 4 PM|
|On site:||PD Dr. Nik Hauser with the team of the Aargau Gynecologist Center and members of the breast cancer patient organization EUROPA DONNA Schweiz|
Pink Cube in Zurich
|Where:||Train station Zurich Stadelhofen|
|When:||Friday, October 27 from 1 PM to 7 PM and Saturday, October 28 from 9 AM to 4 PM|
|On site:||Dr. med. (BG) Alina Staikov und Dr. med. (I) Alessandra Moscaroli with the gynpoint-team and members of the breast cancer patient organization EUROPA DONNA Schweiz|
Invitation for members of the media
You are cordially invited to visit the Pink Cube in Liestal, Chur, Baden and Zurich.
For your reporting, we will be glad to provide you with interview texts and photographic material of women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Upon request, we will give you the personal contact information of Christina Christen, President of EUROPA DONNA Schweiz. If you are interested, please contact the public relations representative, Susanne Thost, Credo GmbH PR & Communications at firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel. +41 79 356 23 84.
About EUROPA DONNA Schweiz
EUROPA DONNA Schweiz is an organization of women with breast cancer, doctors, politicians and other committed personalities. In Switzerland, one out of eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their life. But breast cancer is not solely a women’s problem. It affects the entire healthcare system and people’s working and private life. EUROPA DONNA Schweiz organizes and supports various activities, and by means of networking and political lobbying, stands up for all women in Switzerland to ensure that they receive optimal early detection, treatment and follow-up care for breast cancer. With visible campaigns, such as the 19,500 bras on the Bundesplatz, EUROPA DONNA Schweiz already promoted the introduction of a Swiss-wide mammography screening program in 2008. EUROPA DONNA Schweiz is part of the European Breast Cancer Coalition that 47 member states belong to. It is the only patient organization for women with breast cancer in Switzerland that also actively supports the political interests of its members.
Further information: www.europadonna.ch / www.simplythebreast.ch
- Awareness campaign in the Pink Cube www.pinkcube-testyourbreast.ch
- Breast cancer and TNBC – Facts in Switzerland www.msd-gesundheit.ch/de/krebs/brustkrebs
- EUROPA DONNA Schweiz: www.europadonna.ch / www.simplythebreast.ch
- MSD Merck Sharp & Dohme www.msd.ch/en/
- GILEAD www.gileadswitzerland.ch/en/
- AstraZeneca www.astrazeneca.ch/en/
Public relations contact “Breast cancer awareness campaign in the Pink Cube”
Credo GmbH PR & Communications
Public relations representative for “Breast cancer awareness campaign in the Pink Cube”
email@example.com | Tel. +41 79 356 23 84.
- https://gco.iarc.fr/today/data/factsheets/cancers/39-All-cancers-fact-sheet.pdf, viewed on Sep. 04, 2023
- https://www.krebsliga.ch/ueber-krebs/zahlen-fakten/-dl-/fileadmin/downloads/sheets/zahlen-krebs-in-der-schweiz.pdf, viewed on Sep. 04, 2023
- https://www.krebsliga.ch/ueber-krebs/krebsarten/brustkrebs, viewed on Sep. 04, 2023
- https://www.cancer.org/cancer/types/breast-cancer/about/types-of-breast-cancer/triple-negative.html, viewed on Sep. 04, 2023
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