1 in 8 women in the UK is diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their life. This life-altering disease has become the most common form of cancer among females. Even just within this month, 5,000 more cases will be diagnosed. As we learn more about breast cancer, it has become clear that the earlier the cancer is detected, the better chance you have to beat it. Educating yourself about early detection and learning what exactly deserves the attention of a doctor is important. During this month of October, it is a perfect time to familiarize yourself with the facts and know exactly what you can do to help!
As mentioned previously, early detection can potentially save your life during your diagnosis process. However, in a survey by Breast Cancer Care, they found that 33% of women aren’t checking themselves regularly. An excuse that some women expressed for not performing a self-check was simply not knowing how to do it. It can be tricky because symptoms go beyond just a lump in your breast. An easy way to remember when you’re due for a self-check would be using an app like the Check Yourself! App. The app offers advice on what to look for and how to do it. Keep A Breast Foundation developed this helpful tool when realizing how many women were completely out of the loop when it comes to completing their self-exams. The app even includes a monthly reminder, step-by-step instructions, and important breast health information!
How can you support Breast Cancer Awareness Month?
- Attend a local event
Throughout October, there are countless local events to attend to show your support in the fight against breast cancer. Race For Life offers 5k events (walking and running!). Not only are they a healthy way to get out there and support, but you’ll also be joining thousands of empowering women helping to raise money in efforts to end cancer!
- Donate to a good cause
There are many opportunities to give back to this powerful community. Coca-Cola launched their baby pink cans of Diet Coke, where the revenue is donated to two charities; Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now. This helps fund research and also provides support to those affected. True&Co. is another company that strives to find a cure through their Bras To Fight Cancer campaign. Their selection of bras is well-loved by mastectomy patients because of their soft material that forms to their new bodies.
- Educate yourself and others
Educating others may be the most beneficial way to support this cause. Social media has now set us up with the most serviceable platforms to further this important conversation. Sharing a random fact a day throughout the month with the hashtag #BreastCancerAwareness can be a way to enlighten others. Following accounts that strive to inform the public are also great ways to educate yourself. These accounts can even help you locate those local events that give back!
Comment below with what you are making a priority this Breast Cancer Awareness month.