Wear it pink? Yes! October if you aren’t aware is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – a chance to raise awareness and support those diagnosed with breast cancer.
So why wear it pink for breast cancer?
The pink ribbon is the internationally recognised symbol for raising awareness. Since 1991 this has extended beyond the pale pink ribbon to different shades of pink. The #wearitpink organisation is one of many charities that raises money for research into breast cancer. They have the 19th October as wear it pink day, a chance to raise money whilst wearing, eating, buying anything that is pink – without a Mean Girls reference insight!
As for me I’m wearing my hair pink, if you know me that’s not unusual, but I’ve been rocking a couple of shades from Crazy Color. My hair hasn’t gone as pink as I’d hoped due to the fact it as various shades of blue, purple and silver underneath (no-one told me how hard blue is to get out of your hair, no matter how temporary it says it is!
So whilst I’m raising awareness (I have also donated to charity), Here are a few facts about breast cancer:
- It is the most common cancer in the UK.
- Breast cancer affects not only women but men too.
- 1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
- More than 5000 women will be diagnosed in October alone.
So what is breast cancer?
Cancer starts when cells in the breast begin to grow out of control. These cells usually form a tumour that can often be seen on an x-ray or felt as a lump. The tumour is malignant (cancer) if the cells can grow into surrounding tissues or spread to distant areas of the body.
Some of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer include:
- a change in size or shape
- a lump or area that feels thicker than the rest of the breast
- a change in skin texture such as puckering or dimpling (like the skin of an orange)
- redness or rash on the skin and/or around the nipple
- your nipple has become pulled in or looks different, for example changed its position or shape
- liquid that comes from the nipple without squeezing
- pain in your breast or your armpit that’s there all or almost all of the time
- a swelling in your armpit or around your collarbone
If you note any changes see your GP ASAP
How to check your breasts
There are many breast cancer survivors, there are also many people who don’t survive. Any cancer is awful, and the more we do to help those with this dreadful condition by raising funds, awareness or even holding a persons hand may mean that one day we may just get that cure.
And finally, I’m going to mention a truly inspirational woman here. Em from Oh Gosh, she has breast cancer and she has also been writing about it on her blog. It’s an amazing read, it’s not pretty at times but she shares her thoughts, feelings and treatment plan, if I was wearing a hat I would doth it in her direction. Her words are wonderful and the positivity she has on even the bad days, really do put things into perspective.