Covering Up and Taking It All Off

The Summer Sun is here at last!

At this time of year our minds inevitably wander to how we’ll look when we’re on the beach, or perhaps making the most of the sun in our local park or playing field.

We’ve spent the last 3 months of our lives slavishly avoiding all the foods and drinks that we love nothing more to gorge on – all for the sake of losing those previous few pounds that will make us look that extra bit attractive when it comes to pulling our kit off. However, we sometimes spend so much time and energy worrying about these superficial things, that we forget to think about the other surface level details that may well be giving us an insight into possible diseases that we might be developing.

This Summer, whilst you’re getting changed at the gym or pulling on joggers at home, take some time to have a look at yourself in the mirror. Instead of staring forlornly at the mirror desperately hoping for those abdominal muscles to materialise out of thin air, try and look for abnormal lumps or skin anomalies – these could well be markers of a developing disease or condition.

Whilst it’s not wise to spend hours agonising over your body and it’s appearance, it is sensible to occasionally give yourself a good check over, so that you can confidently strip off at the beach without the fear of an unexpected blemish or unsightly mole appearing out of nowhere. There are many different kinds of perfectly natural moles and marks that appear on the body, so if you do find something out of the ordinary, then don’t panic. Simply make a note of where it is and book in to see your GP, if the mark is still there in a week’s time. If the mole proves to be merely cosmetic then you should be able to have it taken off with the use of a laser mole removal procedure.

The appearance of unusual moles can often occur during or after radiation therapy treatment sessions. Although the appearance of a cluster of dark moles is often seen as a perfectly natural reaction to the treatment, it’s still worth consulting your GP or dermatologist about this, just to make sure that the moles that you’ve got are nothing too serious.

Here at Target Breast Cancer we’re using the arrival of the Summer sun to remind all of our suppliers and designers to check their bodies for any moles or mark which could be a sign of something much worse. We want to get as many people as possible checking themselves and checking each other more regularly so that we can all be confident in our bodies and our overall health. After all, the Summer’s a time when we relish being outside, enjoying the Sun, meeting people and having fun. The last thing you want to be doing, when the weather’s as nice as it is, is worrying about someone seeing the strange mark that you’ve been hiding on your back for the last few months.

So make sure that you keep on checking yourself throughout the Summer; it’s crucial that you stay vigilant, but most of all – make sure you have fun!

Pulling Together the Stitches of Wellbeing

The Fight Against Breast Cancer Continues…

It’s important to remember that the mortality rates of women diagnosed with Breast Cancer in the UK, have improved significantly in the last 100 years.

Just take a look back at the figures from 1944. The Second World War was just about reaching the end, but the country was still struggling with how to diagnose and treat Breast Cancer. At that time just over 25% of all women diagnosed with the disease would survive 10 years after their diagnosis. It was essentially a death sentence, if you were lucky enough to get the diagnosis in the first place.

Flash forward to the 21st Century and significant scientific advances have been made, to the extent that just over 76% of women diagnosed survive longer than 10 years. This means that the survival rate has essentially tripled in the space of sixty years. This complete reversal in the fortunes of those who are unlucky enough to receive a diagnosis can be attributed to a few things:

Increase in awareness of the disease

Breast Cancer has not always been the much talked about disease that it is today. Indeed, only in the last 50 years has there been any real progress in terms of the awareness that it now enjoys. Those benefiting from any kind of counselling or treatment that has been supported by a Breast Cancer charity, more than likely have Betty Westgate to thank. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1968, she was a science teacher who went on to live an incredible 30 years after her initial diagnosis. The Mastectomy Association (as it was originally called), went on to become Breast Cancer Care which pioneered the education of people dealing with Breast Cancer diagnoses, as well as the doctors treating it.

The positive impact of everyday people

Thanks to this huge increase in awareness, the amount of people that take part in fund raising has risen exponentially – year on year. The increase in participation from ordinary people in the realms of fundraising is part in thanks to the good work that people like Betty Westgate have done in their lives and is partly due to the sad fact that thousands of people are effected by Breast Cancer diagnoses every year. Thankfully, there are now more ways than ever to raise money for charities like the Macmillan Cancer Trust and Breast Cancer Care – take a look around this site for some inspiration.

Better coordination of breast cancer care treatments

Lastly, the significant improvement in technology in the past century can’t be ignored. Thanks to the work accomplished by hard-working scientists, we’ve been able to develop advanced care techniques that work in tandem with each other, giving those who have been diagnosed with Breast Cancer a much better chance to beat their disease. Surgery techniques have been improving vastly over the last 50 years, alongside an improved stance on counselling and more formal education, which has led to Breast Cancer patients having a much more optimistic outlook than in the last few decades.

We’ve certainly come a long way since the early days of Breast Cancer Treatment, but we’ve still got further to go if we’re hoping to target it for good.