The 1st October isn't just the first day of the 10th month of the year, it's also the first day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, or BCAM.
The idea is to raise awareness of the most common cancer in females, to alert women of all ages to the early signs and symptoms and so help to save lives. Over the past couple of decades Breast Cancer Awareness Month has become one of the most famous charitable events around the world, and this year's promises to be bigger and better than ever.
What Happens During the Month
Famous landmarks turn pink to mark the occasion, footballers don pink shirts... you name it, it takes place during October. One of the biggest London events is The Pink Ribbon Ball. This year's ball, which is on 10th October, is very special as it's the 21st time it has been held and has moved to a new venue; the stunning Grand Connaught Rooms in the centre of the city. The organisers are hoping to top last year's effort by raising more than £340,000 on the night.
Everywhere you look this autumn you will see flashes of pink breaking up dark, chill-beating outfits. The pink ribbons first made an appearance back in 1991 when they were handed out to breast cancer survivors who completed a race around the streets of New York. They have since gone on to become the globally recognised symbol of breast cancer awareness. This October you may pay less attention to your Halloween costume and more to your pink ribbon and save lives in the process.
There are many comprehensive guides online showing women how to give themselves thorough examinations and other signs to look for. A mammogram is used to diagnose breast cancer and every woman should make the effort to go for one when called - they are uncomfortable, to be sure, but they do save lives.
Across the UK, a multitude of events are taking place to raise much needed funds for breast cancer research. These range from coffee mornings, to bring-and-buy sales, to sponsored skydives. Breast cancer survivors play a massive role in these fundraisers to prove that if caught early enough this disease does not have to be a death sentence and you can go on to live a full and active life. Check out our 17 unique fundraising ideas infographic for more fundraising ideas.
How to Be a Part of It
Buy your ribbon, take part in one of the fundraising events in your area or even hold one of your own. The whole idea of BCAM is to have fun while getting a very important message across. Taking part in even the smallest way can make a difference so come October make it your goal to do the best you can for the 2015 BCAM.
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