I'm supporting Breast Cancer Care because I might be the 1 in 8 women diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK
Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women in the UK. Although the incidences of breast cancer have increased by 90% since records began in 1971, more women are surviving; in fact 80% of women are still live 5 years after diagnosis.
It still remains that 50,000 women are diagnosed each year. 1 in 8 women in the UK will be diagnosed at some point during their lives and the biggest risk factor, after gender, is increasing age, 80% of breast cancers occur in women over the age of 50. This means that if like me, you are a woman in her mid-fifties you are likely to have either experienced breast cancer yourself or have a family member, friend or colleague diagnosed with the disease.
Although I've been lucky myself, my family have been touched by breast cancer and so have my friends. I am happy to say several have fought the battle and won but sadly some have lost. It's in these women's memory that I will be taking part in this year's Breast Cancer Care Pink Ribbonwalks.
Breast Cancer Care was founded under a different name in 1973 by Betty Westgate, five years after her own diagnosis with breast cancer in 1968. Betty lived for 30 years after her diagnosis and went on to help make the charity what it is today – a place for information, education and empowerment from the moment of diagnosis.
Breast Cancer Care are there for everyone touched by breast cancer to help ensure they have the best treatment, information and support to suit each individual.
To run this extraordinary service Breast Cancer Care need to raise funds and one of the most enjoyable ways to do this are their Pink Ribbonwalks. This year there is the choice of 6 venues with 4 walks during the day and 2 at night and you can chose to walk 5, 10 or 20 miles.
Pink Ribbonwalks 2016 - choose between these venues:
- Saturday 14th May - Blenheim Place, Oxfordshire
- Saturday 21st May - Polesden Lacey, Surrey
- Saturday 4th June – Chatsworth, Derbyshire
- Saturday 11th June – Stourhead, Wiltshire
- Saturday 25th June – Glasgow at Night
- Saturday 9th July – London at Night
Will you join me on 9th July to walk through the night in London or will you take part in one of the other events, whichever you choose make sure you support Breast Cancer Care.
Please sign up here to help Breast Cancer Care raise funds to help the women and their families who are touched by breast cancer every year – who knows it may be one of us.
Find out more details of the Pink Ribbonwalks taking place throughout the country this year and follow my progress as I train to walk 20 miles to support this worthwhile cause.