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CLIVE SMITH: More people in Portsmouth simply means even more problems

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One in eight women will get breast cancer – and the rate is rising. That’s so scary, folks.

Scientists blame obesity, alcohol and the growing tendency to delay motherhood for the record levels of the disease. But, there are more survivors of breast cancer these days if it’s diagnosed early.

I’ve written in this column before that when you are notified by your doctor for an appointment for breast screening, GO!

Many women can’t be bothered to keep that appointment. Well, get bothered ladies, because early diagnosis might just save your life.

Every year when the Cancer Research UK Race For Life passes my house, I go out and cheer the courageous women going by. Women who have lost a loved one to breast cancer, or survived the disease themselves.

I read the cards on their backs saying ‘doing it for you Mum’ and ‘I survived cancer’. I stand there folks, full of admiration for those hundreds of women running or walking to raise money.

I vow that one day I will raise money to help in the fight to eradicate this hateful disease. And now that day has come.

My 60th birthday is in April and I’m putting on a fabulous variety show in aid of breast cancer at the Kings Theatre in Southsea. Only last year, yet another wonderful woman sent me a text to say she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Thank goodness, she’s now on the road to recovery.

At the Kings on April 21, I want to raise thousands of pounds to help others.

All the wonderful acts have given their time for FREE – the Spinnaker Chorus, Lindy Hop and Argentine Tango dancers, Burlesque troupe, Stavros Flatley tribute, magician Mark Davies, Christopher Marlowe and Richard Rogers, a Liza Minnelli tribute, Dave Lynn and The Rose and Thistle Pipe and Drums.

Book at kings-southsea.com or call (023) 9282 8282 (£10 a ticket – over-18s only). Fancy dress is optional for the audience.

Join the fight for women’s survival – and have a good time into the bargain.