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’Don’t Burn!’ is the message from the Spanish Cancer Association

This morning, July 24th, the Spanish Cancer Association, the AECC, had a stand in the Adeje Cultural Centre to talk to students and visitors about the need for proper protection from the sun, and were handing out leaflets with information on good practises for a healthy skin during the summer. The event was part of a wider campaign to alert people to the dangers of overexposure to the sun, especially during the summer months.

“We need to take care throughout the year and adopt healthy life-style habits, but during the summer with the good weather and more activities outdoors, we perhaps tend to leave precautions to one side – but these are nothing more than ensuring that we are properly hydrated, eating the right foods and using adequate sun protection, above all in the middle of the day”, commented the Adeje councillor for health, Amada Trujillo Bencomo, who is also a qualified paediatrician.

The information leaflets were available in English and in Spanish listing basic recommendations: drink water regularly, use sun creams with a high protection factor when you are out of doors, and apply that cream every two hours; use hats, parasols, or light t-shirts when you are exposed directly to the sun; don’t sunbathe between the hours of 12 midday and 4pm; avoid extended exposure to the sun;use sunglasses to protect your eyes.

 

 

 

 

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Pioneering service for cancer sufferers

As a result of the on-going partnership between the Spanish Cancer Association – the AECC – and the Adeje department of health protection and quality of life, presided over by councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo, residents of the borough who are suffering from cancer can soon access a free service offering physical, psychological and social assistance for them and their families. The goal of this pioneering service, as outlined by AECC president in Tenerife Juan Julio Fernández, is to meet the needs of the more vulnerable members of our society who are suffering as a result of this illness.

At the launch of the new service, the Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga said, “This is a resource that we are putting at the disposal of our people, to provide a service designed for those suffering from any cancer. With this programme in place we can extend the assistance on offer and improve the quality of life for those affected. However we will also continue to stress the importance of education, prevention and early detection as vital tools in maintaining good health”.

Juan Julio Fernández explained that the association has been working for a long time to put this service in place. “Medicine isn’t the only thing we can give to patients, we are also looking at other treatments and help”. He pointed out that, according to current statistics, one in three men and one in four women will present with some form of cancer, which is why early detection is very important as well as making sure there are sufficient resources available to fund research and cure investigations. “In the last 20 years, thanks to studies and scientific advances, the survival index of cancer patients has risen by 40%”.

The AECC and the Adeje council have both committed to allocating resources to the new service to allow for the engagement of professionals to offer a personalised service to affected individuals. The SAO – the Oncology Attention Service – is a resource that will offer a series of therapies such as physiotherapy, oncology services, psychological expertise and social advice and assistance.

The physiotherapies offered will be oncology-based, including pelvic floor treatments, treatment for lymphedema, FMI patients, problems with the central nervous system, breathing, bones and soft tissue. The programme will also offer water-based therapeutic activities using the heated pool in the Los Olivos centre which is adapted for people with particular needs.

According to Adeje health councillor, Amada Trujillo Bencomo, the services will be available through the offices of the health department who are also offering a range of materials and therapy tools to improve the treatment range available.

Psychological services will give offer individual therapy sessions to those suffering from commonly seen cancer-related issues such as depression and stress and anxiety.

The social programme looks at the quality of life of those who have been afflicted by cancer and will offer assistance in many areas, both professional and personal, including help in re-entering the labour market and resuming their social activities. There is also an offer or an assessment of the social welfare situation of the individual patient, the issuing of relevant disability certificates where necessary, offer of prosthetics, economic assistance, food vouchers, loans of orthopaedic materials where needed, occupational workshops and home help where appropriate, among other things.

The Adeje council has a commitment to offer a dedicated space for the use of AECC professionals to offer the above services as well as appropriate storage space for materials and resources.

Almost €18,000 raised during this year’s Walk for Life

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The annual Walk for Life, the ‘pink wave’ that united Adeje and Arona every year, brought over 3,500 onto the street last weekend and raised almost €18,000.

Money is collected via registration, donations, a raffle, and the sale of many related items, counted in the presence of an official notary and all the money raised goes the two Spanish cancer associations, AMATE and AECC, investigation and research into treatment, and the running of The Pink Room, a dedicated space in Adeje.

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This year the route was from Compostela Beach, in Arona, to the Magma Arte & Congreso centre in Adeje, just under 4 kilometres, with live music and dancing at both locations. And for the first time there was also a race for life, with over 130 entrants running ahead of the walkers. The winner in the men’s category was Gilberto Mendoza Alvarez in a time of 12.06” and in the women’s category Adrienn Mozes who finished in 15.03”.

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Following the runners a ‘gang’ of bikers set off, well decorated with pink ribbons, balloons, wings and teddies, and after them the main body of walkers, led by a steel band. Upon arrival there were refreshments and fruit free for all participants, and a raffle with a terrific range of donated prizes. There were a number of winning tickets unclaimed – more information on the numbers and prizes on the Carrera por la Vida /Walk for Life facebook page.

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The organisers extended their thanks to the many public and private bodies who participated and donated to the event.

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Get ready to swim for life

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Next Saturday, September 17th, a pink wave will take over Tenerife Top Training, T3, in Adeje with the annual Swim for Life taking place.

Once more the beneficiaries of this charity event will be the Spanish Cancer Association (AECC), Amate, cancer research and the Pink Room help centre situated in Adeje. This is the third year the swim is taking place, and is held under the general Walk for Life banner, a cancer walk that takes place in South Tenerife every December.

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Swimmers must be over 12 years of age, and have until September 12th to register at nadoporlavida@gmail.com to take part on the official competitive races (25m, 50m and 100m, different strokes) event. More information on donating and taking part is on http://www.migranodearena.org/es/reto/11575/nadar-por-lavida-2016/. If you don’t want to swim you can simply turn up and join in the fun on the day and take part in the Aquagym and enjoy the wonderful paella – but you will also need to register on nadaporlavida@gmail.com. The event is from 10.30am 2.30pm.

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The first 150 swimmers to register will receive a free pink commemorative swimming cap and all those taking part in the day can enter a draw for a free weekend for two in La Gomera.

Thanks to the following bodies for support: Walk for Life, Adeje Council, Tenerife Top Training, Rotary Club Tenerife South and Swim Club Tenerife Masters, as well as the Tenerife Swimming Referees, and various private companies.

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Adeje’s Bus bonus

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The Cancer Bus now has a regular stop in Adeje

The Adeje council has been working on a series of initiatives that will bear fruit over the coming two months in improving the quality of life of people living in the borough. Workshops, therapies and a series of conferences in relation to food, relaxation techniques, and investigation and research into breast cancer and well as help for sufferers are on the menu.

The programme of events are the result of a number of different partnerships following a meeting with Carlota Cobo Hernández, director of the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC), Brigitte Gypen, the founder of the Walk for Life movement and the Adeje council department of health and quality of life under councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo.

“We feel it is important to concentrate on developing projects which will directly impact on the population and above all those who are suffering from cancer or eating disorders for instance. These programmes are open to all, and in principal what we are doing is creating an awareness of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle” outlined the councillor.

The statements were made at the latest developments regarding the Cancer bus, bought by fundraising efforts to help cancer patients who need transport for treatment to the hospitals in the north, which now has a stop in Adeje. The councillor added, “This transport is there for Adeje-based cancer patients receiving non-surgical treatments who now have a pick-up point directly from the Adeje health centre.”

There is also a full schedule of events for the Pink Room (in the Adeje School of Security and Co-existence, Las Nieves), the first being a workshop on nutritional education, dealing with issues of anorexia and bulimia. There will also be group therapy sessions under the direction of the AECC in June, dealing with stress, body image, self-esteem, sexuality, communication and family.

In parallel there will be a conference dealing with breast reconstruction, which can be carried out immediately after surgery or months/years later, depending on the preferences of the patient. This conference will be given by a specialist from the University Hospital Candelaria.

Already planned for July is a workshop in relaxation techniques, to help balance mind and body and control anxiety as well as stimulating and reinforcing mental capacities and concentration.