Sunday, 11 October 2015

Breast Cancer Awareness Month


It's October! Would you believe it? I don't, I'm pretty sure it's still April. However, I must accept that time flies and make the best of it by reminding myself that it is just 11 Fridays until Christmas! Sorry, i'm getting ahead of myself. Like I was saying, October is the month where we try to raise money for breast cancer and raise awareness of it as i'm sure most of you know. Incase you didn't know, I work in the Lingerie department of Debenhams so I often come into contact with women who have suffered from breast cancer before.

Lately i've learnt quite a few facts about the impact that raising awareness and money for breast cancer can have. It's not just breast cancer though it is places like Macmillan, a non-profit organisation, who raise money for cancer sufferers in general, my grandma suffered from breast cancer a few years ago and she believes that without Macmillan's support, she might not be here today.

So here are a few facts about breast cancer as well as how showing your support and donating can make an impact on getting us one step closer to having no one die from breast cancer.

Facts about Breast Cancer:

  • 1 in 8 Women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime 

  • Although it is rare, men can also be diagnosed with breast cancer

  • Alcohol and a sedentary lifestyle can increase the risk

  • Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among woman

  • The youngest person to ever be diagnosed by breast cancer was a three year-old girl

I don't want to scare anyone by giving too many facts, I just want to put into perspective how this is still a huge issue today that needs your support.


Statistics to Show How Your Support Makes a Difference:


  • Over the past decade the amount of people who die from breast cancer each year has decreased by 20%

  • The survival rate of breast cancer is now 78% which continues to grow

  • 100% of woman in the UK survive breast cancer between stages 0 and 1, proving that awareness and early diagnosis is vital

  • Breast cancer deaths have been declining since 1990 thanks to early detection, better screening, raised awareness, and new treatment options

  • Breast Cancer Now pledges to eradicate death by breast cancer by 2050

  • Without your donations and support these figures may never have been possible to create

So those are just a few facts for you. Regardless of how old or young you are, it is imperative that you check yourself regularly. It is so easy and takes hardly any time, you may as well, that small moment of your time could be worth your whole life. You can check yourself in the shower or just when you are getting changed, there is no excuse not to at least once a month. If you do find a lump or anything you feel isn't normal, don't freak out,  4 out of 5 breast lumps are benign - meaning non-cancerous. Don't let that statistic put you off getting checked though, just because it is more than likely not cancer, you should always get checked.

I really hope some people learn something from this post, most people know or know of someone who has suffered with breast cancer before and I think they will agree that without the donations and support we wouldn't have as high a survival rate as we do today. Regardless of the survival rate though, if the percentage is lower than 100% then too many people are still dying from cancer.

On the 16th of October is what Breast Cancer Care are calling 'The Big Pink' where thousand of people will come together and do something in order to raise money and awareness, if you want to be  part of it then you can find out more here.
Other ways you can show your support is by donating online to 'Breast Cancer Now', you can also find out there exactly what your money can do.
To give £5 to 'Against Breast Cancer' then simply text PINK245 to 70070

Also if you want to know how to check yourself then follow this link here, it explains it better than I ever could!

If you have taken the time to read this post then thank you so much, it means a lot to me that people give their support for breast cancer. If people didn't then I know a number of beautiful people who might not be alive today,

thank you again,
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