Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2019

You may have already seen your workplaces, community groups and social media feeds turning pink. Of course, this means that it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Throughout October, we’ll be raising awareness of breast cancer, and research into the causes, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease.

Breast Cancer is the most commonly diagnosed type of cancer in Wales. Every day, 7 women in Wales are diagnosed with breast cancer, meaning it accounts for around one quarter of all female cancer cases.

The earlier breast cancer is diagnosed, the better the chance of successful treatment. In Wales, a patient diagnosed with breast cancer at Stage 1 is almost certain to survive for 5 years or more. Long-term survival decreases dramatically with later diagnosis, with a 5-year survival rate of just 15% if breast cancer is diagnosed at Stage 4.

A lump in the breast is the most common symptom of breast cancer, but other symptoms are also reported. Under the NICE guidelines, GPs should now consider referral for further testing in all patients who present with an unexplained breast lump.

Although uncommon, men can get breast cancer so it is important that men as well as women are breast aware and check themselves regularly. If you notice a change, speak with your GP.

If you are unsure about breast health, there are lots of good resources online. The advice from Breast Test Wales is a good place to start, along with the easy-to-follow guide from Breast Cancer Now. 

Get Involved!

For Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2019, we’ve teamed up with some fantastic Welsh companies who will all be using their unique expertise to support Cancer Research Wales throughout the month of October. Click below to find out more!

Want to get involved this October and help to fund critical research around Wales? Whatever you’re up to, we’d love to hear from you. If you’re in need of inspiration, perhaps you could hold a coffee morning at your workplace or with friends and bake a difference? Or if you’ve got your own fantastic idea, it’s really easy to donate the proceeds online.

Download our BAKE A DIFFERENCE pack here or if you would like to find out more information please get in touch with our fundraising team on 02920 316 976 or crw@wales.nhs.uk

We’ll be blogging throughout October, so stay tuned as we hear from our incredible supporters and share more information about the fantastic research we support.