Saturday 15 October is Breast Health Day, and we’re supporting Europa Donna, the European Breast Cancer Coalition, by sharing the importance of looking after your health.
Breast Health Day is an annual event which aims to give people information about breast health, and raise awareness of prevention and early detection of breast cancer around the world. It is organised by Europa Donna, the European Breast Cancer Coalition, of which Breast Cancer Now is a member.
Lead a healthy lifestyle
Being physically active on a regular basis, maintaining a healthy weight by eating a good diet, and limiting the amount of alcohol we drink are all ways we can look after our breast health and reduce the risk of breast cancer developing.
For women who have been diagnosed with the disease, research has shown that following a healthy lifestyle can also increase chances of survival, and that regular physical activity can help women cope with treatment by improving quality of life, general health and mental wellbeing.
Get to know what’s normal for you
Being breast aware and knowing the signs and symptoms of breast cancer are also important ways to look after your breast health. Breast awareness simply means knowing how your breasts look and feel normally, being on the lookout for any unusual changes and getting them checked out by your doctor. While most changes won’t be breast cancer, finding the disease early increases the chances of survival as treatment can be started sooner.
Breast Cancer Now is encouraging more women to get into the habit of checking their breasts on a regular basis with a new smartphone app, Breast Check Now. The app, which is free to download from the App Store and Google Play, helps women set a plan to check that fits in with their life. It also sends regular reminders when it’s time to check and allows women to keep a record of their checks if they want to.
For more information about Breast Health Day and Europa Donna, visit breasthealthday.org