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BCUK - Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness month (BCAM) is now in full swing! In the UK, BCAM is now in its 24th year and in that time it has been phenomenally successful in raising awareness of breast cancer.

So awareness of breast cancer is up, so its now time to talk not just about awareness but about prevention too. Breast cancer in the UK is on the increase. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their life. This is up from 1 in 9 in 2001 and 1 in 12 in 1996. 1 in 5 cases are in women under the age of 50. Whilst family history, age and being female play their part, lifestyle choices and the environment are also contributory factors.

This month Breast Cancer UK (BCUK) is highlighting the growing scientific evidence around environmental links to breast cancer across social media platforms in an effort to move the conversation about breast cancer forwards.

Breast Cancer UK wants to prevent breast cancer, believing that breast cancer is a preventable, not an inevitable disease.

How to support and spread the word during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

  • Tell women you know to think about the products they use – it’s not about going without but about making smarter choices. The Reduce Your Risk section on the BCUK website can help.
  • Point them in the direction of the scientific evidence on our website so they can make informed choices.
  • Help BCUK to raise money to fund more research into the harmful environmental chemical exposures that can causes breast cancer. The fundraising section of thewebsite is packed full of ideas.

Originally posted on 15 October 2015

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