The month of October is commonly associated with Halloween – trick or treating, costumes and lots of delicious (yet fattening!) treats. However unknown to many October also contains a very important event; Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
According to Cancer Research UK, breast cancer rates are projected to rise by 2% in the UK between 2017 and 2035, with 1 in 8 women estimated to be diagnosed in their lifetime. It’s estimated that 41,070 people (40,610 women and 460 men) will die from breast cancer this year. Current survival rates five years after initial diagnosis is 90% and the ten year survival rate is 83%.
What is Breast Cancer Awareness Month?
Breast Cancer Awareness Month aims to raise awareness for those affected by the disease and generate funds for research. The UK`s largest charity is wear it pink who have raised a significant £30.1 million to date. They encourage a wide variety of fundraising activities, which can be done at home, schools or amongst local communities. Cancer Research UK also offer a free fundraising pack with lots of great suggestions to get people involved, including sponsored walks, bake sales and voluntary head shaving.
We support effective cancer care
People with cancer often develop new and acute problems, which require an urgent response because of their illness or treatment.
Patients and their carers may be unprepared for such situations and in most cases treatment involves complex care from a number of different professionals and specialties. Where there’s concern for the immediate health of a patient they will be admitted to hospital and treated by someone who may be unfamiliar with the details of their condition.
Our Cancer Care Dataset provides healthcare professionals, who treat acutely ill cancer patients, with the information about the patient’s care, in an easy to understand format. It includes care planning information and the preferences of the patient to help the clinician to make informed treatment decisions faster.
The Cancer Car Dataset is one of four Crisis Datasets, which support care planning for patients with complex and chronic health conditions. Find out more about our Specialist Datasets.
How to make a donation
On 31 October Healthcare Gateway staff will be selling baked goods and wearing Halloween costumes to raise funds for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To make a donation, please visit the Cancer Research UK website.