In the UK, one in eight women over the course of their lifetimes will be diagnosed with breast cancer. This also means that there’s a chance all of us will know someone who has been, or who will be affected by the disease.
October is officially Breast Cancer Awareness Month in which brands and organisations raise awareness and money for the various cancer charities working on finding treatments and cures.
This includes selling new ranges, or redesigned products and donating the proceeds to such charities and organisations. Scroll down to see our favourite ways to support these charities. We’ll be adding more to this list throughout October, so don’t forget to check back.
Plus, if you work for a brand – or know a brand – that is selling products to raise money for breast cancer research then please let us know and we’ll add it to our list.
Before we dive into the beauty brands that have all pledged to support breast cancer charities, we want to explain how to check your breasts and what changes to look out for.
Step 1: Begin by looking at your breasts in the mirror with your shoulders straight and your arms on your hips. Check to see if your breasts are their usual size, shape and colour.
Step 2: Raise your arms and check for the same things.
Step 3: Check to see if there is any fluid coming out of one or both nipples. If you’re breastfeeding, milk and even watery fluid is expected. If you’re not, any leaking of fluid could be a sign something isn’t quite right.
Step 4: Now lie down and squeeze and press your fingers and hand (with your hand flat) around the breast feeling for any lumps or unusual sensations.
Step 5: Finally, feel your breasts while you are standing or sitting. Many women find that the easiest way to examine their breasts is when their skin is wet, so you can do this step in the shower.
Things to look for include:
Dimpling, puckering, or bulging of the skin
A nipple that has changed position or an inverted nipple
Redness, soreness, rash, or swelling
Lumps or unusual bumps
If you’re concerned about any changes you’ve noticed with your breasts, contact your GP sooner rather than later. If it is anything to worry about, it’s best to catch it early as the chances of treating it are much higher and more successful.
Avon has been raising money for breast cancer charities and initiatives for the past 30 years and in that time has raised more than £25 million. For this October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it is donating 100% of the profits from select products to its charity partners – CoppaFeel! and Look Good Feel Better.
What’s more, Avon is also donating an additional £1 of profits from every sale of nine of the brand’s top-rated products across make-up, skincare and fragrance, to help meet its goal of raising £100,000 for breast cancer charities in 2022.
The charity products for 2022 include:
Avon Mystery Box
£15 (100% of profits will be split between CoppaFeel! and Look Good Feel Better) | Buy from Avon 1 October
This mystery box contains five surprise Avon bestsellers varying from box to box. This includes mascara, lipsticks and highlighters, as well as eyeliners, shadow sticks and nail polish.
Breast Cancer Candle
£7 (100% of profits will be split equally between CoppaFeel! and Look Good Feel Better) | Buy from Avon 1 October
This year’s Avon breast cancer candle smells like rhubarb, red apple and strawberry. It burns for 25 hours and comes with a card that helps you find advice and support on how to check your boobs.
The nine bestselling products that will include an additional £1 breast cancer charity donation throughout October are:
Victoria is founder and editor-in-chief of mamabella, freelance journalist and Mum. She has a passion for empowering people to feel beautiful whatever their age, size, skin type and budget
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