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Queen Máxima opens Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Queen Maxima

Queen Máxima officially opened Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the Netherlands on Thursday during a visit to the Breast Cancer Association Netherlands in The Hague.

During her visit, Queen Máxima met with some of the 230 volunteers who help out with BCAN to hear about how they’re involved with the organisation.

Her Majesty also received a copy of the book Everything About Breast Cancer, which was written by breast cancer surgeons, among others. The Royal House noted that breast cancer surgeons Marie-Jeanne Vrancken Peeters and Hester Oldenburg of the Antoni van Leeuwenhoe, a specialised cancer hospital in Amsterdam, were amongst the contributors.

“It says a lot that the Queen, despite the stricter measures, still wanted to reflect on our association and the breast cancer month,” said BCAN’s Director, Christina Guerrero Paez, in a statement on the Association’s official website.

The theme of 2020’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month is ‘You Don’t Have Breast Cancer Alone.’

“It is very special that we were able to share the story about breast cancer and hereditary/familial predisposition with her. It appears that we have been doing a very good job for 40 years. She has expressed her hope and expectation that we can continue our work in the coming years.”

Queen Máxima also heard from BCAN’s Chairman Engelien Calis, who spoke about the history of the organisation and their work for the future. The Association has five main focuses for the years ahead: “access to the best aftercare, customised treatment, conscious choices, own care path for people with metastatic breast cancer, and hereditary/familial predisposition.”

According to the Royal House, “Breast Cancer Association Netherlands has been committed to the interests of all people with breast cancer, hereditary predisposition to it and their loved ones since 1980. The association strives for appropriate treatment, care and support. During breast cancer month, BVN draws attention to breast cancer and hereditary/familial predisposition and organizes (online) meetings for fellow sufferers.”

About author

Jess Ilse is the Assistant Editor at Royal Central. She specialises in the British, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish Royal Families and has been following royalty since Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee. Jess has provided commentary for media outlets in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Jess works in communications and her debut novel THE MAJESTIC SISTERS will publish in Fall 2024.