This Month’s Feature

Breast Cancer Awareness

This Month’s Feature

Breast Cancer Awareness

Think Pink This October

 

Breast cancer remains the most common cancer in the UK and each year around 55,000 women are diagnosed with the disease. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Here are some of the things you need to know about breast cancer and how you can support those affected this October.

In 2017, around 1,385 women in Hampshire were given the devastating news that they have breast cancer. In the same year, around 274 women from the county sadly died from breast cancer.

More people are being diagnosed with the disease than ever before, so knowing the signs and symptoms of the disease is so important. Getting to know what’s normal for you means it’s easier to spot anything unusual, like a lump or change in skin texture, so you can get it checked out by your doctor. No one knows your body better than you, so it’s important to regularly look and feel for any unusual breast changes – the earlier the disease is detected, the more successful treatment is likely to be.

 

There’s no special way to check – it’s as simple as TLC: Touch, Look, Check.

The common breast cancer signs and symptoms include:

 

  • A lump or swelling in the breast, upper chest or armpit – you might feel the lump, but not see it
  • Changes in the size or shape of the breast
  • A change in skin texture i.e. puckering or dimpling of the skin
  • A change in the colour of the breast – the breast may look red or inflamed
  • Rash, crusting or changes to the nipple
  • Any unusual discharge from either nipple

 

To find out more about checking your breasts regularly go to breastcancernow.org/tlc

 

There are many different risk factors for developing breast cancer, some of which can’t be controlled, like being female, getting older and for some people, a family history of the disease. However, there are things you can do to help reduce your risk such as drinking less alcohol, maintaining a healthy weight and keeping physically active. Even the small changes like walking more or cutting down on processed foods can be a great start.

 

If you need information or support about breast cancer, you can call Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now’s free Helpline on 0808 800 6000.

 

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a great time to raise money to make a difference to the lives of those affected by breast cancer. One way you can do this is by taking part in Wear it Pink day on Friday 18 October to raise money for Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now.

 

Since launching in 2002, Wear it Pink has raised more than £33 million for vital breast cancer research. It’s fun and easy to take part, and anyone can get involved. Some people will choose to hold a cake sale, while others will opt to organise a raffle, and some will arrange a pink fancy dress day at school, work, or in their community.

 

To register for Wear It Pink and claim your free fundraising pack visit www.wearitpink.org

 

Despite the progress made in breast cancer research and care, the disease still affects the lives of so many people across the UK. Earlier this year, Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now merged to create the UK’s first comprehensive breast cancer charity, united around the shared ambition that by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live and receive the support they need to live well. The charity funds world-class research and life-changing care – providing support for today and hope for the future – for everybody affected by breast cancer in the UK.

 

For more information about breast cancer and how you can get involved this October and beyond, visit www.breastcancercare.org or www.breastcancernow.org