Tuesday 1 October 2019

Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2019

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month - a time to wear pink or dye your hair pink in an attempt to raise people’s awareness of this terrible disease and to promote the need for simple self-checks and to encourage friends and loved ones to do the same.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK with one person being diagnosed every 10 minutes. However, when diagnosed at its earliest stage, 90% of women with breast cancer will survive their disease for five years or more, compared with just 15% when the disease diagnosed at the latest stage.

Knowing the signs and symptoms of breast cancer can lead to diagnosing the cancer sooner. This can be crucial in providing more effective treatment and, ultimately, saving lives. Sadly a recent survey found that 33% of women aren’t regularly checking and staggering 20% said it’s because they don’t know how to check their breasts. If you are unsure yourself, learn more about how to self-check at http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/testing/types/self_exam/bse_steps

And remember,breast cancer doesn’t always mean a lump… Other less well known symptoms include a nipple becoming inverted or a change in texture of the skin. Again, learn more at http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms.

Finally, for more on how you can show your support and help raise awareness, visit https://wearitpink.org/

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