The facts about breast cancer
- The biggest risk factor, after gender, is increasing age – approximately 81% of breast cancers occur in women over the age of 50
- More people are being diagnosed with breast cancer but survival rates are improving – probably as a result of improved treatment and earlier detection
I remember seeing an advert a few years ago. It was of a body lying in a morgue with a caption underneath that read:
“I was too embarrassed to see my doctor.”
I thought it was a really powerful and important message and it stayed with me. Looking after yourself is never anything to be embarrassed about. You’re not wasting anyone’s time and there is nothing your doctor hasn’t seen before. A quick *behind closed fingers* glance at tv programme Embarrassing Bodies will tell you that!
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – A chance to share valuable information on self-examination; inform people of the facts of breast cancer; raise money and celebrate the lives of the brave women (and men) and their relatives, who’ve experienced breast cancer.
Fortunately, there’s a huge network of support out there. breastcancercare.org provide comprehensive information and support for anyone affected by breast cancer.
Whatever your age, size or shape it’s important to take care of your breasts. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK, so it’s important to look after your breasts by being breast aware.
Being breast aware is part of caring for your body. It means getting to know how your breasts look and feel so you know what is normal for you. You can then feel more confident about noticing any unusual changes. Most changes won’t turn out to be breast cancer, but if it is breast cancer, the sooner it is diagnosed the more effective treatment may be.
The Five Steps of a Breast Self-Exam
Help raise money
Even buying your Christmas cards from them will help.
All proceeds from every pack of cards sold, and all items in our shop, are spent on our work for people affected by breast cancer today.
Dorothy Perkins love bracelet
Price: £2 per bracelet with £1.63 (fantastic!) going to Breast Cancer Care.
Available from: Dorothy Perkins stores nationwide
Help spread the word – Fight like a girl.
Global Breast Cancer Resources for Patients, Survivors, and Their Loved Ones
Companies Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Around the World