Go Pink this October

I, like many of you reading this, have seen the devastating effects of a cancer diagnosis within my family. This news turns the world upside down not only for the person receiving the diagnosis, but for their loved ones, too. The effects last far longer than an all-clear for that person, or for those left behind through loss of a loved one.

I’m here to tell you how you can help yourself, and others.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer for women in Wales with around 2,800 women and 15 men diagnosed each year. Every October Tenovus Cancer Care raises awareness and money for breast cancer so we can find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat it.

We have a long history of funding research into breast cancer. Back in 1975, scientists at the Tenovus Institute for Cancer Research were among the first to show that Tamoxifen was actually highly effective at stopping the growth of breast cancer cells. Since then, Tamoxifen has gone on to be the most successful and widely used breast cancer drug in the world, saving the lives of millions of women. Every year we fund around £1 million of research and this year £75,000 of that is specifically looking at breast cancer.

I met the lovely Network She ladies at their recent Women Mean Business Event, and had the chance to hear the incredibly inspiring Helen Walbey from Recycle Scooters, whose key message was to help one another, encourage and empower other women, and maybe this will help you as well as others!

I connected with Mel from Network She and she asked me to be a guest blogger to inform people about our ‘Go Pink’ campaign. I felt this would be a great opportunity to not only let people know about how Tenovus Cancer Care supports cancer patients, but also to urge ladies to check themselves! Whatever your age, size or shape it’s really important to be breast aware. Many women experience a number of changes in their breasts during their monthly cycle and it is important that you learn to notice normal changes throughout the month so that you feel more confident about noticing any changes and abnormalities (usually a lump).

And here’s how you can help others!

Go Pink this October, at work, with friends or family and help raise a little or a lot for breast cancer patients and their loved ones. You can hold dress down days, cake sales, dye your hair… every penny raised will make a real difference to the lives of people affected by cancer.

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