Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Posted on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by Maire Gerrard — No comments
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK, with a diagnosis every 10 minutes. Consequently, it is important that the signs and symptoms of this disease are acknowledged and discussed. To serve this purpose, Breast Cancer Awareness Month takes place in October.
Thanks to research and early treatment, more people than ever are surviving this disease. However, while the signs and symptoms of breast cancer are undoubtedly more recognised now than a decade ago, a survey found that a third of women do not check their breasts regularly. Only a fifth claimed this is because they do not know how to. Therefore, there is clearly still work to be done in educating society about the disease, so we must continue the positive momentum to raise awareness.
It is also important to recognise that recovery continues after the cancer itself has been treated, as the mental implications of suffering from breast cancer can be significant. A survey carried out by Breast Cancer Care found that a quarter of women found the end of treatment the hardest part of breast cancer. In fact, more than half struggled with anxiety at the end of treatment and nearly a third with depression.
Venn Group is committed to doing its bit to raise awareness and help in the fight against breast cancer. Our charity of the year, Cancer Research UK, have compiled a variety of resources on everything from the symptoms to the latest research and developments on the disease, which you can find here.