Breast Cancer Awareness Month – October 2020

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

With COVID-19 dominating the news headlines, we understandably might be focussed on the symptoms of that and how to stay safe through the winter. However, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it is important that we continue to look after our health holistically. Breast cancer continues to claim lives and knowing your breasts and what is normal for you could help save your life by detecting any abnormal changes early.

There were 55,176 new cases of breast cancer in the UK from 2015‒2017 with a heart-breaking 11,399 deaths   https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/health-professional/cancer-statistics/statistics-by-cancer-type/breast-cancer   

According to the Coppafeel website:

  • 1 in 8 women will be affected by breast cancer in their lifetime.
  • Breast cancer is still the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women under 40.
  • Every year in the UK, around 5,000 women under the age of 45 are diagnosed with breast cancer.

https://coppafeel.org/your-boobs/why-check-your-boobs/

Early detection and early diagnosis can lead to a better outcome. According to Cancer Research UK, when diagnosed at its earliest stage, almost all (98%) people with breast cancer survive their disease for five years or more, compared with around 1 in 4 (26%) people when the disease is diagnosed at the latest stage.  https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/health-professional/cancer-statistics/statistics-by-cancer-type/breast-cancer#heading-Three

Check your breasts

It’s vital that you check your breasts regularly. But sadly, lots of women don’t. There are lots of easy to follow guides on how to do this such as this one from the NHS:   https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/womens-health/how-should-i-check-my-breasts/ or Coppafeel’s boob check basics:  https://coppafeel.org/your-boobs/boob-check-101/ where you can also sign up for a regular boob check reminder – so no excuses for not checking your boobs on a regular basis!

Breast cancer in men

Breast cancer can also affect men. About 350 men a year are diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK, so if you notice any changes to your breast tissue be sure to get checked-out by your GP.

https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/breast-cancer/stages-types-grades/types/male-breast-cancer

WEAR IT PINK

You might have seen the ‘wear it pink’ campaign which is a big fundraising event for breast cancer awareness. On 23rd October, you can join in with ‘wear it pink’, raise money and help make life-saving breast cancer research and life-changing care happen. Find out more at https://www.wearitpink.org/about