Posted on: 19 September 2019
Not just this month – but all year round.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and with breast cancer being the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women in the UK, it is important that we do our part as much as we can.
Did you know that over 55,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the UK? Or that one in eight women in the UK will develop breast cancer at some point in their lifetime? Thankfully, more women than ever are surviving breast cancer thanks to better awareness, better screening and better treatments. However, the work doesn’t stop there, and there are multiple ways that you can do your bit all year.
First and foremost, learn how to check yourself and are regularly taking caution. It’s recommended that you check your breasts once a month for any changes, but the information provided by Cancer Research UK can go into further detail. By the same token, take advantage of free breast screenings when they are available between the age of 47 and 73. Spotting these signs early will also increase the risk of being treated, and consult your GP if you have concerns about breast cancer family history.
Now here’s how you can get involved...
There are so many events running annually to support all sorts of charities, and this is your chance to get involved in a good cause while pushing yourself. Events held by Cancer Research UK such as The Thames Park Challenge, Race for Life and the Virgin Money London Marathon. Alternatively, you can organise your own event and order a free fundraising kit online.
It’s all well and good being aware, but it’s important that we speak up about these things to fight the surrounding fear, and hopefully spot signs early on. Not only can this prevent these illnesses but can help other people better take care of their health.
One of the simplest ways to do your part is by donation, as regardless of how much you donate, it will help more than you can imagine. This money goes towards providing educational resources for those diagnosed with breast cancer and their loved ones, free mammograms and other breast health services to people who can’t afford them, makes sure that no one gets turned away from these critical services, and funds Patient Navigation programs that guide patients through and around the barriers of cost, fear, and misinformation of being screened for, or diagnosed with, breast cancer. $150 helps provide a mammogram for a woman in need, which is the equivalent 150 people sacrificing a bag of crisps.
If you would like to make a difference, and contribute towards the fight against breast cancer, visit https://breastcancersupport.org.uk/.