October brings us breast care awareness month, it is to increase the awareness of the disease and to also raise funds for research. It is an annual worldwide campaign involving thousands of organisations to highlight the importance of breast care awareness, education and research. Did you know that even some iconic landmarks are lit up pink during this month?
It is so vital that you get to know your breasts and check them regularly and if you do notice any changes, to see your doctor. Making sure to have regular mammograms which are offered by the NHS every 3 years between the ages of 50 to 71, which helps with early detection of breast cancer.
Men can get breast cancer too, so make sure the men in your life check and if they see a change in their breast tissue to see a doctor immediately.
Fundraising can be fun, and it is a great way to show support to a charity:
• Donate some money to wear pink for the day at work – October 18th is pink day for Breast Cancer Now
• Sponsored walk or run
• Bake those pink cakes and have a cake sale
• Hosting a pink party with your friends
Breasts – they need your support! Early detection makes breast cancer more treatable so remember when having a shower to self-exam and to have regular mammograms.