Breast cancer

31 May 2010

Dragon boat team races for breast health

The amaBele Belles Dragon Boat Racing Team, a hardy group of breast cancer survivors based in Cape Town, prepare to leave for the International Dragon Boat Championships.

The amaBele Belles Dragon Boat Racing Team, a hardy group of breast cancer survivors based in Cape Town, leave for the International Dragon Boat Championships in Peterborough, Canada, at the end of this week.

In Canada the women will paddle - as opposed to row - against other dragon-boat teams, also made up of breast cancer survivors. Part fitness club, part group support, the amaBele Belles was formed in 2006, and is made up of a multicultural clutch of women, aged 30 to mid-50s, who have two things in common - they have survived cancer, and they like to race dragon boats.

This will be the club's second international race, following on their silver-medal winning performance in Singapore in 2006. They've spent the past few years racing funds to pay their way to Canada.


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Dr Gudgeon qualified in Birmingham, England, in 1968. She has more than 40 years experience in oncology, and in 1994 she founded her practice, Cape Breast Care, where she treats benign and malignant breast cancers. Dr Boeddinghaus obtained her qualification at UCT Medical School in 1994 and her MRCP in London in 1998. She has worked extensively in the field of oncology and has a special interest in the hormonal management of breast cancer. She now works with Dr Gudgeon at Cape Breast Care. Read more.

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