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National Breast Cancer Awareness Month takes place throughout October

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the UK... Here's how you can help to raise awareness of the cause

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It's National Breast Cancer Awareness Month throughout the whole of October.

All funds raised throughout the month mean Breast Cancer Care can provide its specialist nurses, local services and emotional support network for free to those who need it.

Each year nearly 55,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK, and that’s the equivalent of one person every 10 minutes.

In the UK, Breast Cancer is the second most common cause of death in women and nearly 12,000 people die from Breast Cancer in the UK. This type of cancer can also affect men, it's rare, but around 400 men are diagnosed each year.

But most importantly, more than 85% of people survived breast cancer beyond five years.

That's why getting behind National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is so important, and gives you the chance to really make a difference.

How can I support Breast Cancer Awareness Month?

There are plenty of products that you can buy and events that you can attend to support the month-long cause.

You can buy items from Asda's Tickled Pink collection, QVC, make-up brands Bourjois and Bare Minerals, Elemis and Jo Malone to name a few.

You can tune in to QVC's programme in aid of Breast Cancer Care from 6 to 9pm on Friday October 2.

The Breast Cancer Care Fashion Show

All of the models taking part in The Breast Cancer Care Fashion Show have had a diagnosis of breast cancer, and will take to the catwalk at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Mayfair on Wednesday October 7.

Celebrity ambassadors Geri Halliwell, Denise Lewis OBE, Andrea McLean, Amanda Mealing and Lisa Snowdon are all expected to be attending. It is also hosted by Penny Smith, Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford.

For more information see here.

The Big Pink

The Big Pink is a fundraising day that asks you to hold a pink-themed event at home, at your workplace or within the community. It could be a dressed down day at work, a brunch or afternoon tea, or a night out with friends.

Sign up for free and get a free starter kit.

Boxing for Breast Cancer Care

This is the second year of this fundraising event which sees Breast Cancer Care's boxing team taking to the ring to raise money for women facing Breast Cancer at The Clapham Grand.

Catering is provided by BBC MasterChef 2010 winner Dhruv Baker and there will be other celebrity appearances.

For more information and how to buy tickets click here.

Sporting challenges and events

London: Royal Parks foundation half marathon - taking place on Sunday October 11 through Hyde Park, Green Park, St James' Park and Kensington Gardens.

The three main risk factors of Breast Cancer:

  1. Gender - being a woman is the biggest risk factor.
  2. Getting older - the older the person the higher the risk. More than 80% of breast cancers occur in women over 50. Most men who get breast cancer are over 60.
  3. Significant family history - this is the least common risk factor. Around 5% of people diagnosed with Breast Cancer have inherited a faulty BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene.

How can I look out for Breast Cancer?

Breast Cancer Care have given readers a great infographic on what to look out for and how to spot potential Breast Cancer symptoms.

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If you're worried about Breast Cancer, you can all Breast Cancer Care’s support line for free on 0808 800 6000.

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