It’s tough isn’t it, because no one wants to be a killjoy, especially me! I like to be upbeat, positive and cheer people up but there is no getting away from it when we think about breast cancer and the figures involved.

Around 55k women and 370 men are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in the UK

One in seven women in the UK will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.

8 out of 10 cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in women aged 50 and over.

It’s just not good. But I have 4 friends that have (in the past tense) had breast cancer and are in remission. Do not have it anymore. Are alive and loving life.

One had her breasts off, had a reconstruction and makes jokes about how she managed to get new boobs in her fifties! The others had either just chemo or chemo and radiotherapy. A horrible time of treatment and sickness and generally feeling crap but they are with us, on medication and have been given at least 10 years. As we are positive, we pray that they will discover something else to keep it at bay in that time.

That is why we need to continue to raise money for Breast Cancer research and to raise awareness of this cancer.

A scary statistic is that despite the coverage that breast cancer gets we still do not check our boobs as much as we should….

I hope this helps……

The figures – Almost half (47%) of women in the UK do not check their breasts regularly for potential signs of breast cancer such as lumps, swellings, change in shape, changes to the nipple, rashes, unusual discharge, and the breast looking red or inflamed.

We have to take some responsibility and not hide our heads in the sand…

Check those boobs! or even better, get someone to do it for you!!!

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