Hi everyone from a very wet and soggy UK! I hope you are all well.
I thought I would start a new month with raising the issue of Breast Cancer Awareness. Obviously I can only write about statistics here in the UK, and what this country is doing to raise awareness to this terrible disease.
Firstly, 1 in 8 women is diagnosed with breast cancer here in the UK. The advance of early detection and also treatment means that fewer people are losing their lives to breast cancer, but shockingly the number of cases in England alone has risen by 90% since 1971.
In 2009 more than 48,000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK, that’s around 133 women a day! In the same year around 370 men were diagnosed with breast cancer! Both these statistics are shocking I think you will agree.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women here in the UK, 31% of cancer in women is breast cancer! Around 12,000 women in the UK die from breast cancer in a year. Although since peaking in the 1980s breast cancer deaths has fallen by almost 40% in this country.
Age is a risk factor in developing breast cancer. 80% of women age 50 and over may develop breast cancer. The older the woman is, the higher the risk. This is due in part to the increased exposure to the hormone oestrogen and also faulty genes acquired over a lifetime. I have found a table of those at risk age groups. See below.
|Age (up to and including)||Risk|
|29||1 in 1,900|
|39||1 in 215|
|49||1 in 50|
|59||1 in 22|
|69||1 in 13|
|79||1 in 11|
|Lifetime risk||1 in 8|
For me, I think every woman of any age should check herself regularly. Do you know how to do a breast examination on yourself? What to look for? I have put in this LINK to a Wikipedia page that will show you how to examine yourself.
Please, if you are worried about anything, or if you find anything that you think is not right go to see your Doctor. If you feel too shy to go to the Doctor because you have a male GP, ask to see a female Doctor, you are well within your rights to do so.
I do hope this is being of a little bit of help to you.
There are a few beauty companies who are helping to raise not only awareness to breast cancer but also funds towards research too. Here are a couple that I have heard of.
Estee Lauder has a beautiful jewelled pin for only £10, and their Advance Night Repair has a pretty pink charm attached.
Avon will be supporting the cause in their brochure campaign 16. They will donate £1.00 for every Nailware Pro+ in the shade Viva Pink. In the meantime you can buy THIS pretty pin.
Clinique have a beautiful pink lipstick and purse for £16, and £2.00 goes towards the cause.
Sorry for getting a tad serious in today’s post, but I shall be back very soon with my latest make up haul from MUA Make up Acadamy/Fashionista. I hope you will like it, I’ve got some super pieces to show you.
Take care, be healthy.
Bye for Now.