Boob Watch for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Why Breast Cancer Awareness Month is important, necessary and relevant
Apart from either shoving them in a bra or in a lover’s face, how many times a day do you really pay attention to your boobs? I’m not talking about taking notice of other people’s breasts (hello missus), I actually mean paying your own boobs a bit more attention.
We women all know the sheer relief that comes from letting the girls loose at the end of a long day, escaping bra bondage and making a bouncing bid for freedom. What you should also have is a sense of relief from knowing that your breasts are 100% healthy.
Perhaps you don’t really want to think about it – after all, your breasts are an important part of your sexual sense of self as an adult woman. Taking a medical look at your breasts can sometimes leave a woman feeling more anatomical and biological than sexy and seductive. That aside, being breast-aware in a medical sense is simply too important to ignore.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the second most common cause of death by cancer in women in the UK. It’s important to raise awareness of breast cancer, what it is and how it can be identified at the earliest possible stages for the best chance of recovery. What’s also important is the raising of funds for more research into breast cancer and trying to rid the world of this terrible disease for good.
There are many different organisations which arrange fund raising and awareness efforts during Breast Cancer Awareness month. The most well known, at least in the UK, are Breast Cancer Care and Cancer Research UK. You can also find out more at Breast Cancer Campaign and Wear it Pink. The colour pink and Think Pink tagline has been adopted for breast cancer awareness.
You may recognise this looped pink ribbon symbol, which has become synonymous with breast cancer awareness and the fight for survival and the ongoing hope for an end to breast cancer.
What else do you need to know or do? How can you become involved with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, raising awareness and funds?
Double DD: The Dos and Don’ts
Be aware and alert to the possible signs and symptoms of breast abnormalities, which could signify the onset of breast cancer – but not necessarily. You should regularly check your own breasts. Do not panic; speak to your doctor and they will refer you for a breast screening. Don’t ignore any signs and symptoms either – any abnormalities will likely not go away on their own and you could well be making the situation worse by delaying speaking to a medical professional.
As I reported above, breast cancer is the second most common cause of death by cancer in women in the UK. It’s not only women that are able to get breast cancer, although it’s more common in women. Around 400 men are diagnosed every year.
In total, almost 55,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer every year, that’s one every ten minutes.
1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.
Almost 12,000 people die as a result of breast cancer every year in the UK.
Age does make a difference statistically. The older the person, the higher the risk (although you should not think you are immune because you are young). More than 80% of breast cancers occur in women over 50. Most men who get affected are over 60.
5% of people diagnosed have a significant family history of breast cancer.
More than 85% of people survive breast cancer beyond 5 years.
Boob Watch Diary Dates
There are some events taking place during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, to raise awareness and funds. Every Friday, for instance, is Pink Friday, where you can dress down, do something pink related or join in with my #boobwatchselfie that I am going to start on Instagram with that hashtag.
October 13 Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day, also the QVC TV channel will be hosting their Be Aware Show You Care live broadcast from 6–9pm.
October 18 There is a ‘WomenOnly’ run in Richmond Park where you can run either 5k or 10k in beautiful surroundings, raise funds and help women facing breast cancer.
October 28 & 29 The Tour de Law is taking place which is a two day office-based cycle challenge. London-based law firms race against each other on static bikes in a bid to be the first to get from London to Paris and back again – a distance of 1,000km.
November 12 There is a Breast Cancer Care fashion show in Glasgow which you can learn more about by clicking through.
Whatever you do as part of Think Pink and Pink Fridays, you can donate to the cause here. You can also donate to Cancer Research UK here. I have donated, please join me in raising awareness and funds for this important cause.
You can also text the word BEAT to 70200 and donate £3 to Cancer Research.
If you know of other Breast Cancer Awareness and fundraising events happening, please comment below and I will gladly add them to this list.
You can join the conversation about Breast Cancer Awareness Month – and in the future – in a variety of ways.
Join the conversation with hashtag #breastcancerawarenessmonth
A charity event to wear pink to raise Breast Cancer Awareness Month funds on the 24 October, organised by the Breast Cancer Campaign.
I have a Pinterest board related to Think Pink and Breast Cancer Awareness too if you’d like to follow there – and don’t forget the #boobwatchselfie on Instagram.
If you have more organisations, fund raising events, hashtags and social media outlets to add, please comment below and I will add them to this resources list.
Flaunt Your Assets
Want to feel great and look great, as well as being happy in the knowledge that you’re aware of your breasts in all the right ways? Check out these happy sexy lingerie shops to flaunt your assets and keep aware of your breasts, particularly during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
There are many Think Pink and Breast Cancer Awareness Month books, t-shirts, novelties and other items to show your support of raising awareness of this important issue. Check out Amazon UK here and Amazon.com here.
Another well known Breast Cancer Awareness Month fund raiser is ASDA (UK) who donates part of the proceeds of the Tickled Pink range to charity. See in stores for more items.
Breast Cancer Survivors
For the survivors and the friends and families of those courageous people, it can be difficult to come to terms with the after effects of a fight with breast cancer, even when the overall situation is positive. Life goes on but there can be other issues that affect for quite some time afterwards, perhaps even permanently.
To regain a more sensual aspect of your breasts, and/or to help a partner understand your possibly changed sense of sexual self, I would recommend the Songs of Solomon: A Pillow Book for Breast Cancer Survivors and their Lovers by Toni Barca.
In a more practical regard, there is a lovely range of mastectomy lingerie to shop for at Voluptasse, which you can read more about here.
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