Some of the cancers that most often affect women are skin, breast, cervical, ovarian, lung and colon cancers. Knowing about these cancers and what you can do to help prevent them may save lives.

Apart from skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer that women may face in their lifetime. It may occur at any age, but the risk goes up as you get older. Cervical cancer can affect any woman that has been sexually active and is more likely in women who smoke, have poor nutrition and who do not get regular Pap smear tests.

Breast Cancer Care

Breast Cancer Care was founded by Betty Westgate on Christmas Eve 1973, five years after her own diagnosis of breast cancer in 1968. A celebrated breast cancer campaigner, Betty lived for more than 30 years after her diagnosis.

Betty’s passion for information, education and empowerment led her to set up Breast Cancer Care (originally called the Mastectomy Association).

Currently, 691,000 people live with breast cancer in the UK. As well as various fundraising events that take place, Breast Cancer Care has opened charity shops across the UK to raise vital funds and awareness for the charity.

Breast Cancer Care Shops

By donating your unwanted items to a Breast Cancer Care Shop, monies raised from these items are turned into support for families affected by breast cancer.

The Breast Cancer Care Shop opened at PE1 at the end of last year and they are keen to receive men’s, women’s and children’s clothing and accessories that are in good condition.

They also need jewellery, unwanted gifts in their original packaging and any unusual items that you think may sell. Regretfully, they can’t accept underwear, used electrical items, used bedding, soft furnishings, books and CDs (unless they are rare items).

All profits from the sale of items in the shop will help Breast Cancer Care’s work to support people affected by breast cancer, including their families and loved ones. This means that any donations of clothes and accessories from you will make a real difference.

Breast Cancer Care is always looking for volunteers for its shops to help give amazing customer service. These volunteering opportunities are available in all stores, including at PE1, so if you think you can help call 0345 092 0817 or register your interest here.

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week

Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women under 35, yet one in three young women don’t attend their smear test. But by attending regular smear tests, you can reduce your risk of cervical cancer.

Smear tests prevent 75% of cervical cancers from developing, yet 1 in 4 women don’t attend smear tests when invited. Furthermore, 1 in 3 women between the ages of 25 and 29 don’t attend smear tests when invited.

How You Can Get Involved

The number of women attending potentially life-saving smear tests is falling. You can help change this by raising awareness of Cervical Cancer Prevention Week that takes place from 22nd to 28th January.

Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust was established in 1999 by James Maxwell, after his wife Jo passed away from cervical cancer. It was Jo’s wish that every woman affected by cervical cancer could get the support and information they needed. The charity’s mission is to secure a future where cervical cancer is a disease of the past.

With this in mind, the charity is championing the #smearforsmear campaign to raise awareness of cervical cancer. The campaign aims to remind women that everyone should book their tests – because minor embarrassment is nothing compared to the reality of becoming ill with cancer.

To raise awareness, simply share a picture of yourself on social media with smeared lipstick as a reminder of how important it is to get tested for cervical cancer, along with the hashtag #smearforsmear.

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For more information on how you can help raise awareness of women’s cancer, visit The Breast Cancer Care Shop in PE1.

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