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Wear it Pink Day

Wear it Pink Day

Did you know, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in the UK? Roughly 1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime.

Wear it pink day takes place during Breast Cancer Awareness month on the 18th of October. Breast Cancer Now’s 'wear it pink' day is one of the biggest fundraising events in the UK. On this day, thousands of people will wear pink to raise money for this fantastic charity so that they can fund research into this devastating disease.

What is breast cancer?

Breast cancer is a type of cancer which starts in the breast. This type of cancer starts when cells begin to grow out of control and forms a tumour. Women must check for any lumps or changes, there’s a good chance of recovery if cancer is detected in its early stages.

It’s important to note that most breast lumps are not cancerous, but you should always consult your doctor or nurse if you’re worried.

What are the causes of breast cancer?

There is no known cause of breast cancer, but we are aware of the risk factors which could increase your chances of getting it.

For women, some of these causes include:

  • Previous breast cancer or other types
  • Age - the older you get, the risk of developing breast cancer is increased
  • Family historyonly 5-10% of breast cancers are caused by an inherited cancer gene
  • Being overweight or obese - maintaining a healthy weight can decrease your risk. If you are overweight or obese after you reach the menopause, when you stop having periods, then you are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer
  • Alcohol - If you drink alcohol regularly then you could be increasing your risk of developing breast cancer

What are the symptoms?

In both women and men, the most common symptom of breast cancer is a lump in the breast. It’s important to know your breasts, you may already be aware of a lump, but if something changes or looks unusual, always get checked out.

Other symptoms may include:

  • A rash on the nipple
  • Discharge
  • Dimples in the skin or thickening of breast tissue
  • Swelling in the armpit or lumps
  • Changes in shape and size

Note: Breast pain is not usually a symptom of breast cancer, this is why you should always inspect your breasts so you know what to look out for.

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