How You Can Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer affects many women in the UK, either personally or through their family and friends. Breast cancer is usually picked up by self-examination or by a mammogram. In the UK every woman between the ages of 50 and 70 is invited for a mammogram every 3 years as part of the UK NHS breast cancer screening programme. The screening programme is extending the age range for breast screening from 47 to 73 and this will cover the whole of the UK by 2012. Even so, many breast tumours are first spotted by women themselves. For more information on spotting the signs of breast cancer please read our article ‘Breast Cancer: the signs’. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, if you have been affected by breast cancer you may want to do something to raise awareness of the disease, but are not sure how to go about it. We have a few suggestions that may inspire you.

Pink Bollywood Evening

Come along for a vibrant Bollywood Evening to help raise vital funds for Tenovus to help us help those affected by cancer. Tickets cost £25 which includes a welcome drink, 3 course dinner, raffle and auction, Bollywood dancing and henna tattoos! The event is on Wednesday 19 October 2011 at Haveli, 157 City Road, Cardiff,7pm Reception, 7.30 dinner. Midnight close. To book your place for this fantastic evening, or if you want any further information just call us on 029 2076 8850. Or visit http://www.tenovus.org.uk

Buy Christmas Cards for Breast Cancer

Stock up early on your Christmas shopping by getting ahead of the crowds and buying these gorgeous cards, you get 10 cards of one design with white envelopes. The cards featured have a lovely red metallic bauble design and there are many others to choose from. Please note the finish for this card is a lovely matt, textured finish. All proceeds from these cards go to the Lavender Trust at Breast Cancer Care, which funds our services for younger women with breast cancer. These cards cost £4 for 10. Available from http://giftshop.cancerresearchuk.org

Frock Breast Cancer – Dress To Kill Breast Cancer

Cancer Research UK are on a mission to turn Breast Cancer month – October into Frocktober. So head straight to your wardrobe and grab your most glamorous outfit – it’s time to Frock Breast Cancer. Everybody has that special outfit waiting for an occasion to be worn – and this is it! We’re asking you, your colleagues and your friends and family to choose a day or an evening when you can all strut your stuff in your most glamorous outfits and donate £5 each to beat breast cancer. Whatever your knockout style is, you can rock the look you love in the name of a very good cause. Get started by registering for your free Frock Breast Cancer fundraising pack and we’ll send you bags of ideas, tips and information to help get you organised. Visit http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/ for how to register and get your fundraising pack.

Send Flowers by Interflora

Breast Cancer Care has teamed up with Interflora to create their first ever charity flower shop. Wherever you live, flowers.breastcancercare.org.uk provides beautiful floral arrangements, suitable for every taste, which can be delivered anywhere in the UK or overseas. Whichever stunning floral creation you decide to give, a 15% donation from every purchase will help Breast Cancer Care to provide even more help and support to the 120 people who are diagnosed with breast cancer each day in the UK. Featured flowers include a pink Oriental Lily, pink large-headed roses, cerise germinis and pink lisianthus, hand-tied with gypsophila, aspidistra leaves, eucalyptus and salal and finished with gift wrap and ribbon.

Breast Cancer Abseil Challenge

Fancy a challenge? Help us support Breast Cancer Awareness Month and abseil 180ft down one of the world’s largest Transporter Bridges in Newport on 15 October 2011. Get the ultimate thrill as you descend over a sheer drop. with your legs dangling and heart pounding. You are sure to feel great once you have reached the ground and have raised vital funds to help those affected by cancer! No experience is necessary. The entry fee is £10 and we are looking for participants to aim to raise a minimum of £80. If you require more information, just call us on 029 20768850 or visit http://www.tenovus.org.uk

Take a Trek in the Sahara – 2012

This challenge takes you beyond the Jebel Saghro region, a forbidding landscape punctuated by stark peaks, formidable gorges and bright oases.  Situated south of the Atlas Mountains and Dades Gorge, the region was originally volcanic and the last defence before the Sahara. There will be challenging climbs, rewarded with spectacular views of multi-coloured rocky desert landscapes. Walking through palm gorges, you’ll join the dry Rhris River. Guided by the river, you head towards an oasis of tamarisk trees. As you make your way to the dunes of Boulaàdam, you’ll have the chance to visit nomadic caves and tents. We hope to welcome you to Team Breast Cancer Care very soon! Only Breast Cancer Care fund-raisers will be taking part in this challenge. Visit http://www.breastcancercare.org.uk for more details.

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