When October rolls around, it can bring up different feelings for us all — Some of us wear pink, while some observe from afar. Some of us are grieving, while some feel misunderstood and alone. Here at UKLASH, we want to normalize all these feelings. So, here’s what you should know about Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
What is Breast Cancer Awareness Month?
Held in October each year, Breast Cancer Awareness Month was created in 1985 to promote the prevention of the disease, which believe it or not, will affect one out of eight women every year and 2.3 million women worldwide.
This important month is signified by the colour pink and features a number of programs and campaigns. These are usually conducted by groups ranging from local communities to retailers, organisations and more, with the goal of uplifting and supporting:
- Education of breast cancer risk factors
- Supporting people diagnosed with breast cancer
- Stressing the importance of regular screening
- Breast cancer research fundraising
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Do you support Breast Cancer Awareness Month?
Even though many feel included and seen by the events this month, it's safe to say that the pink merchandise, events and activities have caused many people, especially those diagnosed with Metastatic Breast Cancer, to intensely dislike Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
It's easy to see why, when the pink ribbons and celebratory vibe can seem like a distraction from reality.
However, we can't deny the good Breast Cancer Awareness Month has done for raising funds, demanding research and uplifting voices.
Symptoms of Breast Cancer you should look out for
A noticeable symptom of Breast Cancer to look out for is breast lumps. While not all breast lumps are cancerous, you should still have them checked out by a doctor.
You should also see your GP if you notice any of the following:
- Thickened tissue or a new lump
- Changes in the sizes of one/both breasts
- Discharge from the nipple
- Swelling or lumps in the armpit
- A change in the look/feel of the skin - dimpling, rashes, redness or puckering
- Crusting, itchy skin or redness around the nipple
- Changes in the nipple, like it becoming sunken into the breast.
If you notice any of these symptoms, dont hesitate to book a Doctors appointment, even if you feel silly. What matters is your health and every GP understands that and wants the best for you.
Why you need to consider a Breast Cancer Screening
An annual exam at your Doctor’s, breast self-exams and yearly mammograms are important tools in breast cancer detection. Especially early detection.
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What can I do this Breast Cancer Awareness Month?
- View medically reviewed content
- Join community discussions to connect with others
- Support breast cancer organizations
- Donate to local causes
- Offer support to those in need/ talk to a trusted person
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