The Isle of Pink is here! For the seventh year running the Isle of Wight is turning pink for the whole of September! So far we have raised over £100,000 on the island to fund research, and we’d love this year to be better than ever.
Our brilliant volunteer group – Pink on Wight – are in St Thomas Square in Newport today, with entertainment, face painting and fundraising, so head down there now! And there are lots of events taking place across the island.
The collaboration, called the international PALB2 Interest Group, have been investigating the impact of a faulty PALB2 gene on breast cancer risk. Their study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, showed that women who carried rare mutations to the PALB2 gene were found to be more at risk of breast cancer than the general population. Importantly, the level of risk associated with these mutations was influenced by a woman’s family history of breast cancer.
What sets a scientist apart from the rest of the pack? I would suggest that timing plays a part, but I also have no doubt that you need to be innovative, diligent and dedicated to the cause in order to make the most out of the opportunities presented to you during your career.