October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and this year, Breast Cancer Care is celebrating the 26th anniversary of the pink ribbon, a powerful symbol for millions of people affected by the disease.

All funds raised throughout October will help Breast Cancer Care continue to provide vital free services.

The Most Common Cancer

Did you know that breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK? The three main risk factors of breast cancer are:

  1. Being a woman – over 99% of new cases of breast cancer are in women.
  2. Getting older – more than 80% of breast cancers occur in women over the age of 50. Most men who get breast cancer are over 60.
  3. Significant family history – around 5% of people diagnosed with breast cancer have inherited a faulty BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene.

Breast Cancer Signs and Symptoms

Knowing the signs and symptoms of breast cancer can lead to diagnosing the cancer sooner. This can be crucial in providing more effective treatment and, ultimately, saving lives. But a Breast Cancer Care survey found a third (33%) of women aren’t regularly checking and a fifth (20%) say it’s because they don’t know how to check their breasts.

Breast cancer doesn’t always mean a lump. Other less well-known symptoms include a nipple becoming inverted or a change in texture of the skin.

Find out more about the signs and symptoms.

Breast Cancer Diagnosis

  • One person is diagnosed every 10 minutes
  • 1 in 8 women in the UK will develop breast cancer in their lifetime
  • This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, around 5,000 people will be diagnosed

Breast Cancer Survivorship

Breast cancer survival is improving and has doubled in the last forty years in the UK.

  • Almost 9 in 10 women survive breast cancer for five years or more
  • Every year, around 11,400 people die from breast cancer in the UK
  • An estimated 691,000 are alive in the UK after a diagnosis of breast cancer. This is predicted to rise to 840,000 in 2020. For many, however, the overwhelming emotional and physical effects of the disease can be long-lasting.

The Breast Cancer Care shop

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).

To find out more about Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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