Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is breast cancer awareness month and it’s something I believe we should all be very aware of, so I’m doing my bit to spread the word, promote awareness and hopefully encourage people to take a better look. There will be a lot of breast cancer awareness-themed posts coming your way this October, so stick around because some of the things I am going to share are very close to my heart.
Every year nearly 55,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK, that’s the equivalent of one person every 10 minutes.
1 in 8 women in the UK will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.
Breast cancer is the second most common cause of death from cancer in women in the UK.
Nearly 12,000 people die from breast cancer in the UK every year.
Breast cancer also affects men, but it’s rare
– around 400 men are diagnosed each year.
The three main risk factors are:
1. Gender – being a woman is the biggest risk factor for developing breast cancer.
2. Getting older – the older the person the higher the risk, more than 80% of breast cancers occur in women over the age of 50. Most men who get breast cancer are over 60.
3. Significant family history – this isn’t common, around 5% of people diagnosed with breast cancer have inherited a faulty BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene.
More than eight out of 10 (85%) people survive breast cancer beyond five years.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY – Become a part of breast cancer awareness month and support the cause.
Liven up your Friday afternoon by organising a fun pink activity at work, school or home!
Tour de Law
Breast Cancer Care is challenging law firms to race from Leeds to the Louvre – all from the comfort of their own office!
QVC: Be aware show you care
Tune into QVC’s programme in aid of Breast Cancer Care from 6-9pm.
The Show Scotland
21 women and one man from Scotland, who have all had a breast cancer diagnosis, make their debut on the catwalk at the Radisson Blu in Glasgow.
Why not sign up to run, walk, cycle, swim or trek for Breast Cancer Care?
Finally! A charity event that won’t leave you on the run from the fashion police. Your passion for pink will fund research, develop new treatments and save lives.
‘Get ready to bin the beige and wear it pink‘
With 1000 women still dying from breast cancer in the UK every month, the fight isn’t over. It’s now easier than ever before to take part – look good by wearing the latest pink trends with your friends, family, school or colleagues. And do good by raising money to find the cures for breast cancer.
Sign up now for your exclusive guide to wear it pink. A fabulous fusion of fashion inspiration and fantastic fundraising ideas.
Packed full of tips and everything you need for your pink event.
Sign up now, wait for your pack to arrive and get planning! If you need some help or you’d like to tell us about your plans, please get in touch. Or keep up to date by following us on Facebook and Twitter.
OR PLAN YOUR OWN EVENT!
Whatever you decide to do, whichever charity you decide to support, remember it’s all going to the same cause.
Breast cancer is supported all year round, but I think this month is really asking us to look closely at where our money, time or energy really goes. So take five or ten minutes, and have a good Google. There are some truly inspirational stories out there.
Next post: How to check for breast cancer
Thank you so much for reading :)
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P.S. You may have noticed sashahope.com has gone pink! This was originally in recognition of awareness month, but I like it so much I might just keep it. What do you think?
October 18, 2014 @ 6:03 pm
Some of those stats are so shocking, the awareness for this is fantastic, keep it up!
Love the pink design too, you should keep it!
October 18, 2014 @ 9:16 pm
Thank you so much! I completely agree, these are shocking and scary figures, but it’s important we are all aware of them.
I’m glad you like the pink design, saves me £39 from the blog template I was considering buying ;)
October 19, 2014 @ 12:32 am
Nice post! My mother in law had breast cancer and thank God she made it through. It’s been 5 years now and she’s doing great! I think every woman, in any age, should be more aware of how to touch themselves and identify potential abnormalities. If discovered early, the recovery chances are much higher. I think supporting the cause is brilliant. I’d love to run those marathons but I’m rubbish at it. I get tired really quick. Maybe one day… with some training. :) x
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October 19, 2014 @ 9:53 am
That’s great, I’m so happy for her!
Aim high ;)
October 19, 2014 @ 11:43 pm
Nice post! My best friend is a breast cancer survivor and she’s only 24.
I’m sharing this amazing post with her and on Twitter.
I can only thank you for this post!
October 20, 2014 @ 8:01 am
Thank you so much for your kind words :) :)