Breast Cancer Awareness Month – October 2019

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a worldwide annual campaign taking place in October, involving thousands of organisations, to highlight the importance of breast awareness, education and research.

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Breast Cancer Now aim to get as many people as possible involved in raising awareness and funds to help support life-saving research and life-changing support.

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, wear it pink brings together thousands of people, all with the same aim and help make life-saving breast cancer research happen.

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

Campaigning

Sign up to receive campaigning update information
Check ~ is your MP is has a dialogue with the All Party Parliamentary Group on Breast Cancer
Ask your MP to join in the Wear it Pink Campaign
Campaign to help women access breast cancer services and the treatment 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!

Rita Beaumont
APD Food Security and Healthcare