Spanish athlete speaks out on World Breast Cancer Day

Spanish athlete speaks out on World Breast Cancer Day
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Spanish athlete speaks out on World Breast Cancer Day. Beatriz Morillo was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2020.

Athlete Beatriz Morillo wowed fans when she managed to step on the podium only 18 days after finishing her last session of chemotherapy.

October 19 is World Breast Cancer Day. Athlete Morillo has been competing in the world of athletics for 20 years. She was diagnosed in 2020 with the disease.


Speaking to El Chiringuito, Morillo spoke of her cancer journey. She said: “I had never been afraid of cancer until I had children.”

She went on to talk about athletics and how this has been her main escape route during her illness. Morillo revealed: “Sport has been my lifeline in my illness”.

The athlete underwent chemotherapy treatments to treat her breast cancer. She spent many months recovering. After finishing her last chemotherapy session Morillo was straight back to running. Only 18 days after finishing her last session she competed in Madrid.

The athlete went on to win a bronze medal at the Madrid championship. She said: “I always try to take the positives. The disease has opened my eyes to many things.”

According to “Being a disease that affects a large part of the female population both in Spain and in the world, this day is driven by the WHO (World Health Organization), which seeks to promote the early detection of breast cancer. According to the organization breast cancer it is the most frequent among women.

“The WHO has declared October as the month of awareness for breast cancer, creating a health campaign whose objective is to increase the attention and support given to the awareness, early detection, treatment and palliative care of those who suffer from the pathology.”

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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.


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