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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a worldwide annual campaign involving thousands of organisations, to highlight the importance of breast awareness, education and research.
More than 5,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this October. More people than ever are surviving, but we know that physical treatment is only half the story.
Breast cancer can be devastating to a woman’s emotional wellbeing and many are left feeling isolated from their friends, family and colleagues, coping with anxiety, depression and the constant fear that their cancer will return. They need expert care to recover. That’s why we need you to help us #ShareTheCare this October.
Soroptimists have a vital part to play in promoting Breast Cancer Awareness. There are plenty of ways we can be involved, these include:
Breast Check Now – it could save your life: Join the Touch – Look – Check, Campaign
Sharing the information women need to know about checking their breasts. Ensure your daughters, granddaughters, female relatives and friends know how to regularly check their breasts. If every woman regularly checked her breasts 1,500 lives a year could be saved; at the moment, less than half of all women in the UK check regularly.
You can also raise awareness among local community, there are quick and easy things you can do:
In one minute – Post a message on Facebook or Twitter sharing TLC.
Have a bit more time? Order the free TLC leaflets and distribute them in your local area, for example you could ask to leave some at your:
• Local GP surgery
• Local dentist surgery
• Slimming groups
• Local gyms
• Exercise classes
• Local leisure centres and halls
Visit www.breastcancernow.org to find out more including a pocket sized information leaflet and a brand new app free to download
• Check – is your MP a Breast Cancer Ambassador
• Ask your MP to join in the Wear it Pink Campaign
• Campaign to help women access breast cancer drugs they need wherever they live
During October Wear a Little Pink, organise a pink event, shake a pink bucket, join a pink walk or bake a pink cake!