Breast Cancer is the most common type of cancer in the UK, with around 1 in every 8 women being diagnosed with it in their lifetime. Every October, the National Breast Cancer Foundation hosts Breast Cancer Awareness Month — an opportunity for us all to learn a little more about an illness that, in all likelihood, will touch the life of at least one woman or man we know.
The good news is that, thanks to the incredible support of millions of people in recent years, breast cancer treatment is better than it has ever been before. An early diagnosis is no longer a death sentence and, with over 70% of US women over 50 having had a check-up within two years, millions of women have been able to enjoy life after breast cancer.
The fight isn’t over yet, however, with treatment becoming drastically less effective when diagnoses happen in the advanced stages of the disease. Here at Pledjar, we want to make it easy for you to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is why we’ve put together a selection of the fantastic healthcare charities you can support through our app this October.
Medic-to-Medic is a charity that enables young people experiencing financial hardship to study medicine-related degrees. With all of their expenses taken care of, these students are able to focus their efforts on studying hard, earning their degrees and saving lives. The diagnosis and treatment of every type of cancer requires a coordinated effort from all kinds of medical professionals, from GPs to researchers to, of course, oncologists. Supporting the next generation of medics means helping countless breast cancer patients.
NHS Charities Together
NHS Charities Together is a fundraising body that supports more than 240 NHS charities across the UK. As the coronavirus pandemic has shown, healthcare in the UK depends heavily upon the proper functioning of the NHS, and it needs our support now more than ever before. Many women in the UK receive all of their treatments for breast cancer through the NHS, from regular check-ups to mental health support and recovery rehabilitation. Supporting this charity means making sure our national health service can continue to help those who need it most.
The Small Charities Foundation
The Small Charities Foundation supports countless small, often very specialised charitable causes, including many that are involved with cancer care. It’s important to remember that treatment of the cancer itself is not the only stage of recovery from breast cancer, with the psychological, social and long-term physical impacts stretching long after remission. The range of small charities you can support through Pledjar allows you to help breast cancer patients at all stages of the disease.
Of course, Breast Cancer Awareness Month puts the spotlight on the disease in October, but people suffer from breast cancer year-round. You can round up all of your card transactions to the nearest pound and donate your extra pennies to these charities (and many others) every single month.