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Building work begins on the Isle of Man's first dedicated breast cancer clinic

Breast Clinic Image copyright Savage and Chadwick Architects
Image caption The clinic proposals include an ultra-sound room and dedicated consultancy spaces for patients

Building work has started on the Isle of Man's first dedicated breast cancer clinic, which will be paid for entirely by a local group's fundraising efforts.

The Manx Breast Cancer Support Group has raised nearly £1.1m in 12 months - enough to build the centre.

Chairman Julie Stokes said she was "over the moon" to see the foundations poured at Noble's Hospital.

The group needs a further £400,000 to turn the building into a state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment centre.

The idea was first put forward by Isle of Man breast surgeon Millie Bello, who said it would make life easier for medical staff as well as patients.

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Media captionClaire Brew was diagnosed with breast cancer by the ear, nose and throat department at Noble's hospital in the Isle of Man

The group hopes the finished facility will include an ultrasound room and dedicated consultancy spaces.

Mrs Stokes added: "We are still some way off our £1.5m target but if we can get there we will have a centre which compares to anything in the UK.

"We must thank the Manx public for their immense generosity."

Many of the members of the Manx Breast Cancer Support Group, which launched its campaign in November 2013, are former breast cancer patients.

During 2013, about 100 people on the Isle of Man were diagnosed with breast cancer and another 3,000 visited outpatient clinics both on the island and in the UK.

It is hoped the new centre will enable more patients to receive treatment locally.

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