Every year 50,000 of our mothers, daughters, sisters and friends will be newly diagnosed with breast cancer. And every year 12,000 women still die. Breast Cancer Campaign would love to have you involved in the UK’s biggest breast cancer fundraiser to help raise awareness and funds so that more women in future will win their battle with breast cancer.
Wear It Pink is on Friday 24th October to support Breast Cancer Campaign’s life-saving research. If you want to get involved you can text PINK to 70660 to donate £3 to beat breast cancer **.
Dr Lisa Wilde, Director of Research at Breast Cancer Campaign, debunks some of the most common myths around the risks of breast cancer:-
Myth 1: I eat healthy, I exercise, I do not smoke, and nobody in my family has ever had cancer. Surely this means I have no chances of getting breast cancer?
“FALSE. Breast cancer can sadly happen to anyone, at any age. This is why it is vital that you stay breast aware, know what is normal for you, and report any unusual changes to your GP.”
Myth 2: Whether I have children has no influence on my breast cancer risk.
“FALSE. Having children, as well as breast feeding, has modest effects on your risk of breast cancer – evidence suggests that for every child you have, your risk of breast cancer is reduced by 7 per cent. In addition, every 12 months of breastfeeding reduces risk by 4 per cent.”
Fact 1: Finding a lump does not automatically mean breast cancer.
“TRUE. Thankfully, not all lumps are cancerous – they may be benign cysts or overgrowth of tissue. But it is always important to report any changes to your GP.”
Fact 2: Being overweight can cause breast cancer
“TRUE. Being overweight after the menopause increases your risk of breast cancer, and there is evidence to suggest that being overweight also reduces your chances of survival if you do get breast cancer. We advise the ‘everything in moderation’ approach – eating a healthy balanced diet will bring multiple health benefits.”
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