Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 2019

Wearitpink.org say: “Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a worldwide annual campaign taking place in October, involving thousands of  organisations, to highlight the importance of breast awareness, education and research. 

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Breast Cancer Now aim to get as many people as possible involved in raising awareness and funds to help support our life-saving research and life-changing support. 

As the UK’s largest breast cancer research charity, along with our supporters, they do this through campaigning, raising money, an array of events across the UK as well as, of course, wearing it pink with all of you!”

Cancer Research UK statistics:

-There are around 55,200 new breast cancer cases in the UK every year, that’s around 150 every day (2014-2016). 

-Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK, accounting for 15% of all new cancer cases (2016). 

-In females in the UK, breast cancer is the most common cancer, with around 54,500 new cases in 2016. 

-In males in the UK, breast cancer is not among the 20 most common cancers, with around 360 new cases in 2016.” 

Hampshire Libraries Booklist

1. One Step at a Time : Getting Through Chemotherapy with Breast Cancer / Dr Alison Bailey

Written by patients to help others learn from their experiences. “I was first drawn to working in oncology while I was a student nurse at St Thomas’ Hospital in London. There I met a woman who had been diagnosed with breast cancer and showed such strength and fortitude in the face of her diagnosis that it left a strong impression on me.”She said that, despite all the information that had been provided by the professionals and the internet, she would love to be able to dip in and out of a book that had useful advice for newly diagnosed patients, based on the experiences of other patients. The idea for this book was born.

2. Dear cancer, love Victoria : a mum’s diary of hope / Victoria Derbyshire.

Renowned as a much-loved and highly respected BBC journalist, Victoria Derbyshire has spent 20 years finding the human story behind the headlines. In 2015 she found herself at the heart of the news, with a devastating breast cancer diagnosis. With honesty and openness, she decided to live out her treatment and recovery in the spotlight in a series of video diaries that encouraged thousands to seek diagnosis and help. Victoria has kept a diary since she was nine years old and in ‘Dear Cancer, Love Victoria’ she shares her day to day experiences of life following her diagnosis and coming to terms with a future that wasn’t planned.

3. The complete guide to breast cancer : how to feel empowered and take control / Professor Trisha Greenhalgh and Dr Liz O’Riordan.

Professor Trisha Greenhalgh, an academic GP, and Dr Liz O’Riordan, a Consultant Breast Cancer Surgeon, are not only outstanding doctors, but they have also experienced breast cancer first-hand. This book brings together all the knowledge they have gathered as patients and as doctors to give you and your family a trusted, thorough and up-to-date source of information.

4. A funny thing happened on the way to chemo : a rather unusual memoir / Ileana von Hirsch.

Ileana von Hirsch started writing a journal as a way to entertain herself and a few friends while dealing with breast cancer. But she soon realised that what she was going through was not only lifting herself up, but was making her friends and fellow patients laugh too. This is the no-nonsense down-to-earth book
that every cancer patient and relative ought to read.

5. The C-word : just your average 28-year-old … friends, family, Facebook, cancer / Lisa Lynch.

The last thing Lisa Lynch expected to cross off her ‘things to do before you’re 30’ list was beating breast cancer, but that’s what happened. So with her life on hold, blogging about dealing with cancer became an outlet that helped her to cope and keep friends and family updated. This is her story.

6. Breast cancer / Saunders & Jassal.

This volume provides essential, easy to follow information on all aspects of the diagnosis and management of breast cancer. It provides essential background information on the disease, from the ways breast problems are investigated, through treatment options and new therapies, to follow-up processes after remission. Fully updated to cover new and emerging therapies in breast cancer, this second edition also features new chapters on treating special or unusual types of breast cancer; surviving and thriving post-treatment; and coping and support strategies for the partners, families, friends, and colleagues of the person diagnosed with breast cancer. Each chapter is enriched with resources such as websites, links to videos, and care plans so the reader can explore relevant topics in greater detail.

7. The Essential Guide to Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the UK. This book is for women and their families who are looking for a comprehensive but plain language guide to breast cancer and its treatments.

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