Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. One in eight women will face it in their lifetime. Nearly 700,000 people living in the UK have experienced a diagnosis. Breast cancer touches the lives of millions of us in the UK. For every woman or man who develops breast cancer, there are families, friends and loved ones who also feel the fear and uncertainty the disease brings.
Breast Cancer Now is the UK’s newest and largest breast cancer charity, created by the merger of Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Breast Cancer Campaign.
Breast Cancer Now is dedicated to funding research into the disease, supporting nearly 450 of the brightest scientists across the UK and Ireland. The charity believes that by 2050, everyone who develops breast cancer will live – but only if we all act now. Their aim is to bring together all those affected by the disease to improve the way we prevent, detect, treat and stop breast cancer. So we can move from a time when people fear the disease to a generation where everybody lives.
M&S and Breast Cancer Now
M&S worked with Breakthrough Breast Cancer from 2001, raising an amazing £20m through product sales and employees and customer fundraising. Today, M&S continues to support Breast Cancer Now. The funding has specifically supported Breast Cancer Now’s Generations Study, one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive scientific studies into the causes of breast cancer.
Discovering the causes of breast cancer
As a direct result of the Generations Study’s ground-breaking work, we understand more about the causes of breast cancer than ever before. Breast Cancer Now’s researchers have discovered genetic markers, which indicate a higher chance of developing the disease, as well as identifying the links between lifestyle factors and increased risk.
Working with our customers to help stop breast cancer
M&S raises money for Breast Cancer Now during the annual Fashion Targets Breast Cancer campaign and Breast Cancer Awareness month. M&S customers are also able to donate their unwanted foreign coins to Breast Cancer Now through M&S Bureau de Change counters.
In 2006, the M&S post-surgery range was launched, with 10 per cent of sales being donated to the charity year round, making M&S the first store on the UK high street to design a range of lingerie specifically for women who’ve experienced breast cancer. The range was researched and designed in collaboration with supporters who continue to feed into it today.
M&S has also helped to educate thousands of women around the signs and symptoms of breast cancer through Breast Cancer Now’s TLC - Touch Look Check breast awareness message. The earlier breast cancer is found the better the chances of beating it - so it's important to be breast aware and make regular checks. Breast Cancer Now's simple, yet effective, TLC message helps women understand how to be breast aware:
TOUCH your breasts. Can you feel anything unusual?
LOOK for changes. Is there any change in shape or texture?
CHECK anything unusual with your doctor.
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