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October 2017 – Breast Cancer Awareness Month

As part of Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, the Cancer Alliance is asking all its stakeholders to disseminate the information below to relevant colleagues and wider networks. Raising awareness, uptake and addressing inequalities in access to and experience of screening, is a key priority for the Thames Valley Cancer Alliance, both in the promotion of early diagnosis and improved patient experience.


In the UK, women with learning disabilities are the least likely to attend breast screening.

Join the campaign throughout October 2017 in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month to help raise awareness and uptake.

  1. Sign up to the Thunderclap to spread the word (deadline: Tuesday 17 Oct)
  2. Download the communications toolkit and access resources (g. graphics and easy read invitations) to shape and drive local activity
  3. Share the awareness video – it highlights what people in Cornwall are doing to change this. In fact, the work they have done to support women with learning disabilities attending breast screening has seen the number increase to above that of other women. No mean feat!
  4. Let emily.prior@nhs.net know if you support the campaign and how i.e. actions taken

Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now are also running campaigns to raise awareness, including opportunities to get involved.

20th October is Breast Cancer Now’s “Wear it pink” day.  More information can be found at http://breastcancernow.org/get-involved/fundraise-for-us/take-part-in-a-fundraising-event/wear-it-pink .