It really is time to think pink this month as October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Not only is it important to support the campaign by buying a pink ribbon or some of the products on sale to rise money for charities relating to Breast Cancer, it’s important to think and talk about the subject. Worryingly the current statistic in Ireland is that 1 in 9 women will develop breast cancer in the course of their lifetime.
Although statistically you may not be considered at risk of developing Breast Cancer right now sadly there are always exceptions to this. CoppaFeel! is a UK charity that was founded in 2009 by Kristin Hallenga and her twin sister Maren after Kris was diagnosed with secondary breast cancer at the age of 23. Yep, it can happen that young and also did you know that men actually have the same breast tissue as us girls? So, they are at risk of developing breast cancer to. It’s estimated that 400 men are diagnosed with it every year. So, maybe direct the men in your life here too.
CoppaFeel! state their mission as “to help everyone stand the best possible chance of surviving breast cancer, because if found early it is very treatable and survival rates are higher. That’s why you need to become good chums with your boobs and coppafeel regularly.” And we wholeheartedly agree with this.
Although the most of you reading this will not have to worry about cancer yet it is important that you should be aware of it now. You need to know what’s normal for your body and what’s not. Coppafeel! advocate getting to know your own body and the sooner you do that the better. And don’t just think of yourself, what about those around you? Ask your friends, your mom, your sister, your aunty, your granny are they checking? Are they doing it regularly? Do they know how to properly check? Have they gone for their most recent monogram? Early detection really is the best chance for us all. And talking about it and being aware of our bodies is so important.
For a quick guide on how to properly check yourself have a look here at Coppafeel’s website. Breast Cancer Ireland also have an app that’s free to download that sends a reminder to your phone once a month to remind you to check as well as a guide on how to properly self examine yourself. There’s also a cool feature on the site that allows you to send an email about the app to 5 women in your life to encourage them to check themselves.
This October we really encourage you to support charities involved in flighting back again this terrible diseases, but also to open up a dialogue about it with those around you. Awareness really is the only way we can fight this..for now.