The wee c and October thinking Pink!

Research holds the key to a world where everyone who develops breast cancer lives. Picture: PA
Research holds the key to a world where everyone who develops breast cancer lives. Picture: PA

During October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month this year, NHS Western Isles is also promoting the ‘wee c’.

The ‘wee c’ is the Scottish campaign highlighting that, not only is cancer not what it used to be but, thanks to earlier detection, research breakthroughs and treatment advances, more people are surviving than ever before.

Most breast changes aren’t due to breast cancer, but the sooner breast cancer is diagnosed, the more effective treatment may be.

Around 1 in 8 women in Scotland are likely to develop breast cancer, but you’re five times more likely to survive the disease if it’s caught in its earliest stage.

If you’re worried about a symptom, or you notice any unusual change in your body, don’t let fear or embarrassment stop you from getting it checked – visit your GP.

It’s probably nothing so, don’t get scared, get checked.

To raise awareness of the importance of being breast aware a number of free events are being held throughout the Western Isles during October.

These include: A ‘Pink Highland Hustle’ which has been organised to take place on Friday 16th October, between 5.30pm-6.30pm, at the Bridge Centre, Bayhead, Stornoway.

Those attending the fun-filled dance class are encouraged to wear something pink, and will also be provided with free breast awareness information.

A number of workplaces, community halls and local shops within Lewis and the Uists, are also hosting information stalls to raise awareness of women’s health and cancers, and featuring breast self-examination models.

This includes Cobhair Bharraigh, who will be offering breast health promotion sessions.

Finally, people across the Western Isles are encouraged to wear something pink on Friday 16th October, as part of ‘The Big Pink’, or Friday 23rd October, as part of ‘Wear it Pink’.