[Laura Noakes | Deputy Print Editor]
Every October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month; four weeks dedicated to highlighting the plight of those affected by breast cancer. One in eight women will suffer with the disease in their lifetime, and although significantly rarer in men, 400 are diagnosed with the disease every year.
The health campaign has been organised by major breast cancer charities who want to promote awareness of the disease, fundraise to support those who are suffering with the disease, and research into a cure.
Many brands are also supporting the cause and painting their products pink this month. Avon has released a new Ultra Glazewear Lip Gloss in Pink Watermelon, and at £3.50 it’s a perfect way to show your support whilst not breaking the bank.
Fundraising is also hugely important, and there are loads of ways to raise money in October. Why not have a cake sale? Or participate in a sporting event like a sponsored swim or run? You can also pledge to Wear It Pink on Friday 24th October and spend a day in your favourite pink clothes.
As part of RAG Week, Raise and Give hosted their very own Breastival on Tuesday 14th October between 12pm and 3pm raising awareness for Breast Cancer Campaign and also giving students the opportunity to check for the signs of breast cancer. For more information on this and future RaG events visit hertfordshire.su/rag
However, the most important thing you can do this October is check yourself. Although breast cancer primarily affects older people, younger people can also be diagnosed with the disease.
Early detection is essential in fighting breast cancer, and it is so important to regularly check yourself and to know what’s normal for your breasts. If you do notice anything different, visit your doctor straight away. The Medical Centre on College Lane Campus is there especially for students at Hertfordshire, and has many experienced doctors and nurses ready to help.