Think Pink – Breast Cancer Awareness Month

By Tricia

October 2018

October 2018

By Tricia

October is when everything goes pink!  Please join in? There are endless ideas to raise awareness. ‘Pink Fridays’, eating pink foods, wearing pink, taking part in sponsored events, walks, runs, etc.  Why not think up your own ideas, for example, turning the salon pink with balloons!

The Facts

  • The number of people being diagnosed with breast cancer is increasing, but the good news is that survival rates are improving. This is probably because of better breast awareness, earlier detection, and more targeted treatments.
  • Breast cancer also affects males, but it’s rare – around 300 men are diagnosed each year.
  • Not all breast cancers show as a lump and not all breast lumps are breast cancer.
  • Less than 10% of breast cancer runs in families so having someone in your family with breast cancer doesn’t necessarily mean your own risk is increased.

The Stats

  • This October around 4,000 people will be told that they have breast cancer.
  • Breast cancer is the 2nd biggest cause of death from cancer for UK women, after lung cancer.
  • There are an estimated 550,000 people living in the UK today who have been diagnosed with breast cancer – that’s about 1 in 50 women.
  • In women under 35, breast cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer.
  • Remember to regularly check yourself.

For more info visit: https://www.breastcancercare.org.uk/