Lake Geneva mass swim to raise awareness of breast cancer screening
More than 100 swimmers are expected to swim across Lake Geneva tomorrow to raise awareness of breast cancer and the importance of early screening to detect the disease.
Some swimmers will cross from St. Gingolph all the way to Vevey on the other side of the lake, in the canton of Vaud. Others will take part in relays.
The swim has been organized by the L'aiMant Rose association, which was set up earlier this year to campaign for breast cancer screening to be available to all women before the age of 50. Most screening programmes only target women who are 50-years-old or above.
One in eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer, with 22 per cent of those diagnosed before they reach 50. Money raised from tomorrow’s swim will be used to pay for women up to the age of 50 who wish to be screened.