The president of the provincial board of the AECC (Spanish Association Against Cancer) in Malaga, Francisco Aguilar Muñoz, and the president of the Knitted Knockers Costa del Sol association, Maria Bailey, met recently to sign an agreement to promote the prevention and early detection of breast cancer, but also to improve the quality of life of patients and their families as well as distributing free, knitted prosthesis to women who have undergone a mastectomy.
Initially the project began with Maria Bailey, coordinator of the Knitted Knockers group, who offered it to the Pink Ladies group of the AECC - volunteers of various nationalities who work together in Fuengirola - with the aim of providing women who had undergone a mastectomy with free knitted, breast prostheses.
Later it was the provincial board of the AECC Malaga which decided to extend it to the rest of AECC's local headquarters so that the initiative reaches all the women who need it.
According to data from the AECC Observatorio del Cáncer, this type of tumour is most common among Western women.
Each year 32,825 cases are diagnosed in Spain. Andalucía with 5,572 cases is the community with the highest incidence of breast cancer and Malaga with 1,098 diagnoses, the sixth highest province in Spain.