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Wear Pink - Breast Cancer Awareness 2021!

Published: 18/11/2021

Back in October, we turned the office into a pink party, pink balloons, pink cakes, pink t-shirts; pink everything; all in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness.

About 80 per cent of all jobs in adult social care are done by women, and about 1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. We wanted to raise funds for a cause that could directly affect us at some point in our lives.

What we did!

We invited our Clients, CareGiver’s, Friends, and Family for Afternoon Tea in our Office! We decorated the office with pink everything, this included pink balloons and flowers as well as some tasty pink cupcakes and a big red velvet cake! There are lots of ways that you can raise money or get involved.

Throughout the day we had people pop in, CareGiver’s dropping in for a quick cake and catch up before their next Client. We had a visit from one of our Live-in Clients and our CareGiver Beatrice, the Client hadn’t been out to something like this in a while, so she was extremely excited to be able to socialise whilst feasting on some delicious baked good.

It gave everyone some time to relax, to take a minute to talk to one another. It was great to see our CareGiver’s getting to know each other more, to reflect and discuss.

We had some fact sheets made on what to look for, signs, symptoms and what happens next if you were diagnosed with Breast Cancer.

What to look out for: 

Breast cancer can have several symptoms, but the first noticeable symptom is usually a lump or area of thickened breast tissue.

  • a change in the size or shape of one or both breasts
  • discharge from either of your nipples, which may be streaked with blood
  • a lump or swelling in either of your armpits
  • dimpling on the skin of your breasts
  • a rash on or around your nipple
  • a change in the appearance of your nipple, such as becoming sunken into your breast

Breast pain is not usually a symptom of breast cancer. Most breast lumps are not cancerous, but it's always best to have them checked by a doctor.

Prevention of Breast Cancer:

Studies have looked at the link between breast cancer and diet. Although there are no definite conclusions, there are benefits for women who:

  • maintain a healthy weight
  • exercise regularly
  • have a low intake of saturated fat
  • do not drink alcohol

It's been suggested that regular exercise can reduce your risk of breast cancer by almost as much as a third. 

There are so many charities and organisations that are devoted to research into Breast Cancer, and so many ways you can help, all you need to do is pick one!

Some useful sites include:  https://breastcancernow.org/, https://www.breastcanceruk.org.uk/, https://www.pinkribbonfoundation.org.uk/ and https://coppafeel.org/our-charity/

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