Go pink to show your support
Breast Cancer Care is the only UK wide charity providing care, information and support to people affected by breast cancer.
They combine the personal experiences of people affected by breast cancer with clinical expertise in order to: provide information and offer both emotional and practical support, bring people affected by breast cancer together, campaign for improvements in standards of support and care, and promote the importance of early detection.
This October, Breast Cancer Care asks you to join them to help raise both money and awareness in the fight against breast cancer. With so many various fundraising ideas, there is something for everyone to join in with. Their suggestions are throwing a ‘Big Pink’ event, which entails getting together with friends and dressing in pink (so easy, there’s no excuse not to really!), campaigning with them for things such as better support for women with secondary breast cancer, or even just shopping their fantastic and unique products created to raise awareness, with funds going to the charity.
The Big Pink event gets a great response as it is a fun yet effective way to raise money for such a serious cause. Whether you get your workplace to have a pink day, or just go out with all your friends while wearing pink, there is a huge variety of ways to get involved. Other suggestions include taking time to volunteer in Breast Cancer Care support offices, raising awareness by being a volunteer speaker or campaigner, volunteering across media platforms, volunteering to help out at an event, taking part in a sporting event or race while fundraising, or simply by holding your own event.
To kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we ask you to share with your friends and family the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, and remember to keep them in mind in order to raise awareness, to help save lives.
Signs and symptoms of breast cancer can include:
- A change in size or shape of the breast
- A lump or thickening that feels different from the rest of the breast tissue
- Redness or a rash on the skin and/or around the nipple
- A change in skin texture such as puckering or dimpling (like orange peel)
- Discharge (liquid) that comes from the nipple without squeezing
- Your nipple becoming inverted (pulled in) or changing its position or shape
- A swelling in your armpit or around your collarbone
- Constant pain in your breast or your armpit
If you notice any of these, or simply a change in your breasts, please see your GP immediately. More often than not, it will be benign, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Please visit www.breastcancercare.org.uk for loads of information about breast cancer, support for those who have cancer, lots of fundraising ideas for October, as well as loads of handy resources to help you plan your breast cancer event.