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October Turns PINK!
During October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month this
year, NHS Western Isles is also promoting the ‘wee c’.
The ‘wee c’ is the Scottish campaign highlighting that, not
only is cancer not what it used to be but, thanks to earlier
detection, research breakthroughs and treatment
advances, more people are surviving cancer than ever
Breast cancer remains the most common cancer in women
with 1 in 8 women being diagnosed with the disease at
some point in their lives.
Most breast changes aren’t due to breast cancer, but
the sooner breast cancer is diagnosed, the more
effective treatment may be.
Around 1 in 8 women in Scotland are likely to develop
breast cancer, but you’re five times more likely to survive
the disease if it’s caught in its earliest stage. It is important
that you get to know how your breasts look and feel so you
know what is normal for you. You can then feel more confident about noticing any unusual
If you're worried about a symptom, or you notice any unusual change in your body, don't let fear or
embarrassment stop you from getting it checked – visit your GP. It's probably nothing but if it is
something, they have a better chance of successfully treating it if it's caught early. So, don't get
scared, get checked.
To raise awareness of the importance of being breast aware and early detection of breast cancer,
a number of free events are being held throughout the Western Isles during October. These
A ‘Pink Highland Hustle’ which has been organised to take place on Friday 16th October, between
5.30pm-6.30pm, at the Bridge Centre, Bayhead, Stornoway. Those attending the fun-filled dance
class are encouraged to wear something pink, and will also be provided with free breast
awareness information.
A number of workplaces, community halls and local shops within Lewis and the Uists, are also
hosting information stalls to raise awareness of women’s health and cancers, and featuring breast
self-examination models. This includes Cobhair Bharraigh, who will be offering breast health
promotion sessions.
Finally, people across the Western Isles are encouraged to wear something pink on Friday 16th
October, as part of ‘The Big Pink’, or Friday 23rd October, as part of ‘Wear it Pink’. Taking part is
easy, accessible, and above all great fun – and both men and women can do this. Friends,
community groups, workplaces are also encouraged to also host a ‘pink’ event, which could be
pink-themed games, or even a pink tea party.
Cancer, don’t get scared, get checked.
2nd October 2015