I've been inspired by Misty over at Rainy Day in May to do something in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness month. I have been lucky enough so far to not know anyone near to me to have suffered through cancer, but I think the odds are not likely for that to continue. So, do what you can - educate yourself, know your body, do what you can to support the cause. Even if it is such a small thing like painting your toenails (oyster) pink and talking about it.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK and almost 46,000 new cases are diagnosed every year.
Sadly more than 12,300 women in the UK still die of breast cancer each year. Men can also get breast cancer but it is rare (around 300 cases are diagnosed each year).
The good news is, thanks to earlier detection and improved treatment , breast cancer death rates in the UK have fallen by a fifth over the last ten years. Of those women diagnosed with breast cancer today, two-thirds are likely to survive for at least 20 years.