Each year over 47,700 women and 340 men go through the ordeal of being diagnosed with breast cancer, leading to almost 12,000 female deaths and 90 male deaths each year.
Every October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, a month which is dedicated to increasing public awareness about early breast cancer detection and raising funds for the cause.
Thanks to the new treatments developed from the money raised from events such as this, and the increased awareness of symptoms, around 80 per cent of women who are diagnosed today will be alive in 5 years time.
Experts recommend regular breast examinations so that changes can be identified as quickly as possible. You can do this yourself from home and should be looking out for the following:
- A lump in the breast or thickening which is different to the rest of the breast tissue
- Continuous pain in a specific area of the breast of in the armpit
- Changes to the nipple such as it becoming inverted, changing shape or moving position
- Changes to the skin such as dimpling or puckering
- Swelling around the collarbone or under the armpit
- A rash around the nipple
- Discharge from the nipple
- One breast becoming larger than the other, or lower
If possible, try to incorporate examining your breasts into your routine, perhaps try to remember to do it when you are having your weekly soak in the bath or set a reminder on your phone so that you’ll remember to do it regularly.
If you want to find out about what you can do this October to help Breast Cancer Awareness month then visit the Breast Cancer Campaign website for excellent fund raising ideas and to find out what’s going on near you. Alternatively, you could treat yourself and help the cause by buying one of the many beauty products which have promised to donate some of their proceeds to the campaign. Here are our top three picks:
Jo Malone Red Roses Body & Hand Wash
This beautifully scented glowing pink body and hand wash will definitely go to good use and will help to remind you to give your breasts a quick once over every time you’re in the shower.
Clinique Great Lips, Great Cause Key Ring
This key ring is one like no other, not only will it help you to find your car or door keys, or make the perfect addition to any handbag, it will mean you’ll never have a lip gloss emergency again. It features three of Clinque’s best selling shades so you’ll be covered for every occasion.
The key ring comes in at a very affordable £15, £2 of which will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Bourjois Breast Cancer Awareness Illumination Touch
This highlighter will provide a perfect soft shimmer for your cheekbones and brow bones this Autumn and will be available to buy throughout October and November.