On Saturday 5th October we helped Worcestershire Breast Unit Haven turn Worcester Woods ParkRun PINK!
October is Breast cancer Awareness month and we wanted to help get the month off to a flying start.
Several of our members including our leader Marie have had breast cancer, so it's a cause close to our hearts.
Statistics show that 1 in 8 women and 1 in 883 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer, the earlier cancer is spotted and treated, the better the prognosis is.
Pink is a funny colour for a cancer, it implies softness and breast cancer definitely isn't soft! Treatment often includes radical surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, none of these are a walk in the park, but they are manageable and have a high success rate. These days, for the vast majority of those diagnosed with primary breast cancer, treatment will be 100% successful and the cancer will not return.
Sadly, for some the treatment doesn't completely get rid of the cancer, it may come back quickly, or it may sleep for years and pop up in another part of the body no one knows who this will happen to, and that's scary. This type of cancer is called secondary breast cancer and there is currently no cure, although treatment now is very good at holding it at bay.
Early detection definitely gives you the best chance of survival, so we do all we can to help raise awareness. Please, if you are offered screening for any type of cancer, go! and if you find anything out of the ordinary, go to your GP and get checked, it really could save your life!