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It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Here's How to Get Involved

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month - and up and down the country there are thousands of offices, yoga classes, WI groups, book clubs and schools taking part in fundraising and raising awareness about breast cancer.

Wear It Pink, Breast Cancer Now’s action group, says Breast Cancer Awareness Month highlights the importance of breast awareness, education and research.

The aim is to get as many people as possible involved in raising awareness and funds to help support life-saving research and life-changing support. And we can all help to do this through campaigning, raising money and at an array of events across the UK including Wear It Pink Day.

Here are some great ideas to get your fundraising off to a flying start!

Wear It Pink on 18 October 

On 18 October, every breast cancer charity will work together to promote Wear It Pink Day — a day to donate your spare change in exchange for a day wearing outrageous pink clothes. Will you be joining in?

Get your workplace to join in by signing up on the Wear It Pink website.

Host Bake Sales

Every single penny of the money you raise will go towards funding life-saving research, so why not find more ways to raise some cash?

A bake sale always goes down a treat, especially if you get your whole company or volunteer group involved.

Why not get the kids involved and try this easy recipe for fairy cakes? You can discuss how important learning about breast cancer is with them as you bake, and you can even colour the icing pink to match the official colour of breast cancer awareness month!

Ask to Be Sponsored 

Whether you’re a keen jogger, you love walking up hills or you’re looking to challenge yourself outside of your comfort zone, asking for sponsorship funds for a good cause is a great way to help you push your limits.

Here are some more ideas of the types of things you could get sponsored for:

  • Climbing or abseiling at a local climbing wall
  • Swimming
  • Dance-a-thon
  • Skipping
  • Trampoline jumping
  • Balloon animal-making
  • Hair shaving
  • Paper aeroplane making
  • Walking — try the Three Peaks or a local landmark.

Run A Breast Cancer Awareness Workshop

One of the best ways to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month is to teach those around you about the importance of checking for early signs and being aware of how to care for and be respectful of people who have been diagnosed. CoppaFeel! has some advice for checking your breasts regularly.

Facts About Breast Cancer

Breast cancer can affect anyone. That means it’s just as important to teach boys and non-binary people about breast cancer as it is women and trans people.

The NHS says: “There's no right or wrong way to check your breasts.” Instead, focus on getting to understand how your breasts usually look and feel. That way, you can spot any changes quickly and report them to your GP.

Check your breasts: Look at your breasts and feel each breast and armpit, and up to your collarbone. You may find it easiest to do this in the shower or bath, by running a soapy hand over each breast and up under each armpit.

The NHS says you must see your doctor or GP if you find any of the following symptoms:

See your GP if you notice any of the following changes:

  • a change in the size, outline or shape of your breast
  • a change in the look or feel of your skin, such as puckering or dimpling
  • a new lump, thickening or bumpy area in one breast or armpit that is different from the same area on the other side
  • nipple discharge that's not milky
  • bleeding from your nipple
  • a moist, red area on your nipple that doesn't heal easily
  • any change in nipple position, such as your nipple being pulled in or pointing differently
  • a rash on or around your nipple
  • any discomfort or pain in one breast, particularly if it's a new pain and doesn't go away (although pain is only a symptom of breast cancer in rare cases)

Remember, if you are unsure, it is always best to see your doctor. They will be able to reassure you, no matter the outcome.

 

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