Time to wear pink…it’s breast cancer awareness month

 

Join WEAR IT PINK  on the 21st October to raise money for life-saving breast cancer research.

Breast cancer is still the most common cancer in the UK. This year alone it will affect more than 50,000 women and one in eight women face it in their lifetime.

Breast Cancer Now is the UK’s largest breast cancer charity.  It funds nearly 400 researchers in the UK and Ireland doing crucial, life-saving work on how to detect breast cancer earlier and treat it more effectively.

Back for its 15th year, Breast Cancer Now’s annual fundraising event, WEAR IT PINK, promises to be more pink and more fun than ever.

Get involved by wearing pink at work, at home or encouraging your children and grandchildren to wear it to school. Visit www.wearitpink.org for your free fundraising pack and follow #wearitpink for the latest news and updates.

NEW APP for REGULAR BREAST CHECKS

If every woman regularly checked her breasts 1,500 lives a year could be saved.

At the moment around half of all women in Britain don’t check on a regular basis. The number one reason given? People simply forget.

Breast Cancer Now is making it easy for women to remember to check their breasts by launching the BreastCheckNow app.

The app, available for free from the App Store or Google Play, helps people get into and stay in the habit of checking their breasts regularly by setting up a plan that’s simple and easy to absorb into your regular lifestyle.

 FIVE ESSENTIAL SIGNS TO LOOK FOR:

Everyone’s breasts are different and your breasts can change with age and at different times of the month. It’s particularly important over 50 to know how your breasts normally look and feel so you can spot any unusual changes.

  1. Lump

Can you feel a lump, either in the breast, upper chest or armpit?  You may not be able to see it so it’s important to feel for it.  Is there a lumpy area or unusual thickening of the breast tissue that doesn’t go away? Is there any unusual pain either in part of the breast or the armpit?

  1. Skin texture

Is there any change in the breast’s skin texture such as puckering or dimpling? Is there any change in the size or shape of your breast? For example, one breast might become larger or lower than the other.   Is there any change in colour (your breast might look red or inflamed)?

  1. Nipple

Is there any change to the appearance or the direction of the nipple? For example, one might become inverted (turned in) when it normally points out

  1. Discharge

Is there any unusual discharge in one or both nipples?

  1. Rash or crusting

Is there any rash or crusting of the nipple or surrounding area?

Checking your breasts regularly can save your life

Breast Cancer Now believes that, by 2050, breast cancer will have taken its last life – but only if we all act now. So wear pink and join them on 21st October.

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See related High50 articles: My photo diary of my breast cancer treatment.