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September/October 2005


Cancer Research UK launches a new campaign



Make a difference to research into breast cancer this autumn by supporting Cancer Research UK’s All Join Together campaign.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK with over 41,000 new cases diagnosed each year.


The good news is that – thanks to earlier detection and improved treatment – breast cancer death rates in the UK have fallen by a fifth in the last ten years.


Get involved

Enjoy some quality time with your friends and family this October by doing some fundraising at home. There are many things you can do from holding a dinner party to hosting a quiz night.


You could take part in one of over 60 All Join Together walks, being held in parks and other beautiful green spaces across the UK.

Cancer Research UK is also looking for volunteers to help out at their family walks. So whether you can give up just a few hours or the whole day, your help would be greatly appreciated. Charity volunteering can be a lot of fun and is a great way to make new friends and learn new skills.


Buy the merchandise

From September Peacocks will be selling exclusive pink products in support of Cancer Research UK’s breast cancer campaign. On offer will be belts, lingerie sets, pyjama sets, pink pens, teddies and T-shirts.

F Hinds, Britain's largest family jewellers, are supporting the charity with an exclusive, limited edition, pink ribbon diamond brooch and pendant.

Reducing your risk of breast cancer

The risk of developing breast cancer is strongly linked to age – nearly three-quarters of cases occur in women over 65. But some aspects of your lifestyle also affect your risk.


Being overweight after the menopause for example, can increase your risk of breast cancer. Try to maintain a healthy body weight by combining a balanced, low fat diet with regular exercise.

Stay breast aware

A woman's breasts will change in size and shape at different times in her life and during the menstrual cycle. Knowing what your breasts feel like at different times of the month can help you notice any changes. So you should get into the habit of checking your breasts regularly. It is important to be breast aware and you should tell your GP if you notice any changes in the look or feel of a breast.

Be sure to attend breast screenings whenever you are invited. You can still ask for breast screening after the age of 70, just phone or write to your local breast screening unit or GP.

Breast cancer research

Cancer Research UK is the largest single funder of breast cancer research in the UK, with an annual spend of over ?20 million. Their work covers all aspects of the disease, from its molecular causes through to the psychological effects of treatment.

Across the UK, their research is leading to new approaches for better diagnosis and prevention, identifying new drugs and improving current treatments.

Visit the All Join Together website to find out more about how you can get involved with the campaign. For further information about breast cancer, please visit Cancer Research UK’s Information Resource Centre website.




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