The ‘wee c’ is the Scottish campaign highlighting that, not only is cancer not what it used to be but, thanks to earlier detection, research breakthroughs and treatment advances, more people are surviving cancer than ever before.
Breast cancer remains the most common cancer in women with 1 in 8 women being diagnosed with the disease at some point in their lives.
Most breast changes aren’t due to breast cancer, but the sooner breast cancer is diagnosed, the more effective treatment may be.
Around 1 in 8 women in Scotland are likely to develop breast cancer, but you’re five times more likely to survive the disease if it’s caught in its earliest stage. It is important that you get to know how your breasts look and feel so you know what is normal for you. You can then feel more confident about noticing any unusual changes.
If you’re worried about a symptom, or you notice any unusual change in your body, don’t let fear or embarrassment stop you from getting it checked – visit your GP. It’s probably nothing but if it is something, they have a better chance of successfully treating it if it’s caught early. So, don’t get scared, get checked.
To raise awareness of the importance of being breast aware and early detection of breast cancer, a number of free events are being held throughout the Western Isles during October. These include:
A ‘Pink Highland Hustle’ which has been organised to take place on Friday 16th October, between 5.30pm-6.30pm, at the Bridge Centre, Bayhead, Stornoway. Those attending the fun-filled dance class are encouraged to wear something pink, and will also be provided with free breast awareness information.
A number of workplaces, community halls and local shops within Lewis and the Uists, are also hosting information stalls to raise awareness of women’s health and cancers, and featuring breast self-examination models. This includes Cobhair Bharraigh, who will be offering breast health promotion sessions.
Finally, people across the Western Isles are encouraged to wear something pink on Friday 16th October, as part of ‘The Big Pink’, or Friday 23rd October, as part of ‘Wear it Pink’. Taking part is easy, accessible, and above all great fun – and both men and women can do this. Friends, community groups, workplaces are also encouraged to also host a ‘pink’ event, which could be pink-themed games, or even a pink tea party.
Cancer, don’t get scared, get checked.
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