'Wear it pink' – Breast Cancer Awareness Month
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October marks breast cancer awareness month. 'Wear it pink' is a national campaign to remind people to support breast cancer awareness month, and above all to remind everyone to check their breasts.
According to Cancer Research UK, 9 out of 10 breast lumps turn out to be non-cancerous. That said, in today's world people are becoming more and more aware of breast cancer, for example as a result of high profile cases such as Angelina Jolie, which can positively affect the number of people getting checked (find out more about the 'Angelina Jolie effect').
As with most types of cancer, breast cancer survival prospects will be better the earlier the diagnosis is made. The importance of being 'breast aware' and noticing any changes to your breasts cannot therefore be highlighted enough. NICE guidelines suggest that being breast aware means:
- Knowing what is normal for you
- Looking at your breasts and feeling them
- Knowing what changes to look for
- Reporting any changes to your GP without delay
- Attending routine breast screenings if you are over 25
Unfortunately despite the improvement in survival rates, and campaigns such as wear it pink, there are still situations where breast cancer is not diagnosed promptly, which can result in a change to the long term prognosis. Our team have helped a number of misdiagnosis/late diagnosis cases linked to cancer, so we fully understand how it important it is that people are aware of what to look out for to help with a correct and early diagnosis.
As with most types of cancer, survival rates are improving. Five-year survival rates have gone from 53% in 1971-72 to a predicted survival of 87% between 2010-11. This significant increase is the result not only of medical developments but also an increase in awareness as mentioned above, and through fantastic campaigns, such as wear it pink.
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