National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is turning the nation pink for the sixth year running. Don’t forget to wear the symbolic pink ribbon this month to help raise awareness and support for breast cancer charities.
In past years we’ve seen famous buildings and landmarks all over the world stunningly illuminated in pink; Sydney Harbour Bridge, Japan’s Tokyo Tower and Canada’s Niagara Falls, to name but a few. October sponsored walks, golf events, seminars and breast cancer screening days are some of the many activities taking place in October to raise awareness and support.
This year, Pink Fridays encourage everyone to organise pink activities at work, school or in leisure time to raise money for Breast Cancer Care. Aside from local action, 13 October is Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day which will increase awareness of the experiences of people living with incurable cancer in the UK – find out more on the Breast Cancer Care website. A week later, The Women Only Run in Richmond Park takes place on 19 October – another popular event not to be missed if you are in the London area.
Where does the money go?
- Pleasant, comforting environments for breast cancer sufferers
- Breast cancer screening facilities
- Complementary therapies, such as meditation, massage and reflexology
- Support for organisations which help breast cancer sufferers keep positive and well informed about their condition
- Nurses and workshops to provide valuable support, counselling to help people like Janet from Leeds:
“Breast Cancer Care put me in touch with someone with first-hand experience of breast cancer, so I could talk through how I felt after treatment. I was able to ask this person all the questions that had been running through my mind – were my feelings post treatment normal? Did they feel the same way when their treatment finished? It was so reassuring to speak to someone who shared similar fears and feelings of isolation.”
Click here to keep up-to-date with Breast Cancer Awareness Month and have a glimpse of the many awareness activities that have taken place in past years.
If you’re off on your holidays soon, our breast cancer travel insurance page offers some valuable information on travelling with breast cancer.