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Breast Cancer Awareness

The Practical Horse Company Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign

This October we are launching our own Breast Cancer Awareness campaign in line with Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  We have launched a range of pink leggings and from every sale we are donating the proceeds to Breast Cancer Now and their Second Hope which researches the secondary breast cancer which isn’t as well known or as supported as primary breast cancer.

This is a subject very close to our hearts as my eldest daughter, Laura, was diagnosed with breast cancer at the young age of 32 and with a young son (Frank) only 2 and a half yrs. old.   Only 2 years ago and just before lockdown, she had a mastectomy followed by aggressive chemo and radiotherapy.  Thankfully she was declared all clear last year but continues to be monitored.  Living with the threat of secondary cancer is terrifying for all of us but this is something Laura has to live with every day. 

The statistics

  • Around 55,000 women and 400 men are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in the UK.
  • One in seven women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.
  • Just 4% of all cases diagnosed in the UK in a year will be in women under the age of 39. That’s a mere 2,300 of us.
  • Eight out of ten cases of breast cancer are in women over the age of 50.
  • Every year, around 11,500 women and 85 men die from breast cancer. That’s one every 45 minutes.
  • There are an estimated 61,000 people living with secondary breast cancer in the UK (where cancer spreads to another part of the body, becoming incurable)
  • In around 5% of women, breast cancer has already spread by the time it is diagnosed

What is secondary (or metastatic) breast cancer?

Secondary, also known as metastatic, breast cancer is when breast cancer spreads from the breast to other parts of the body, becoming incurable. Breast cancer most commonly spreads to the bones, brain, lungs or liver.

While it cannot be cured, there are treatments that can help control certain forms of the disease for some time and relieve symptoms to help people live well for as long as possible.

There are an estimated 61,000 people living with secondary breast cancer in the UK. In around 5% of women, breast cancer has already spread by the time it is diagnosed

*stats from Breast Cancer Now website

For more information on Breast Cancer Now, what they do and how you can get involved please follow the link below:

https://breastcancernow.org/get-involved/other-ways-give/second-hope

 

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