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MERLYN are proud to partner with the Pink Ribbon Foundation to educate our customers about why breast self examination is so important, and to fundraise for this worthy cause.
MERLYN have a proud partnership with the renowned breast cancer grant-making trust the Pink Ribbon Foundation in a partnership set to raise awareness and funds that will ultimately save lives. The main aim of this partnership is to promote the importance of breast self-checking. The shower is considered the ideal place to check for any lumps or changes and we hope by supporting the Pink Ribbon Foundation, we can encourage more women to normalise their breast check routine, and make it part of their daily and weekly shower rituals.
If you find breast cancer early, you will have a much better chance at fighting and surviving.
Almost two-thirds of women diagnosed with breast cancer today now survive their disease beyond 20 years but early detection and being breast aware is key.
With this in mind, it is quite worrying that Breast Cancer Now reports “Almost half (47%) of women in the UK do not check their breasts regularly for potential signs of breast cancer.”
According to a YouGov survey commissioned by Breast Cancer Now, one in 10 women have ‘never checked their breasts for new or unusual changes’. Meanwhile, a fifth (19%) of women check their breasts ‘once every six months or less’, while 13% do this ‘once a year or less’.
The average risks of breast cancer increase in women aged 50 or over. Getting older increases your chance of getting breast cancer, with most breast cancer cases diagnosed in women over 50.
However, this does not mean that only women over 50 are at risk. Breast cancer screening saves lives, and women of all ages should get familiar with breast self checks.
The Pink Ribbon Foundation (Reg. Charity No. 1080839) is a grant making trust with a mission to fund projects and provide financial support to UK charities which relieve the needs of people who are suffering from, or who have been affected by breast cancer or who work to advance the understanding of breast cancer, its early detection and treatment.
To begin your breast self exam, use your opposite hand to feel your breast – for example, use your left hand to exam your right breast. Keep your fingers straights and together, while using your finger tips to exam the breast with a firm touch.
Many people find it useful to begin at the nipple and move outwards in a circular motion, while others will prefer an up and down motion to examine the breast tissue, and feel for lumps in the breasts.
Once you have finished on the right breast, switch hands and move to the left breast.
Where to check for breast cancer?
While it may seem obvious to check the breasts, many women forget that along with checking all parts of your breasts, that you also need to check both armpits all of the way up to your collarbone.
Breast Cancer Now advise that “checking your breasts only takes a few minutes. Everyone will have their own way of touching and looking for changes, but remember to check the whole breast area, including your upper chest and armpits. There’s no special technique and you don’t need training. “
The most important thing is to establish a routine, and stick to what works for you.
In September 2022 Team MERLYN took on the challenge of walking the 3 highest peaks in Yorkshire. The aim of the challenge is to walk this 24 mile route within 12 hours, which Team MERLYN completed in 11 hours! Our sales and marketing team scaled across varied terrains to defeat the three highest summits in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, to raise an astonishing £12,291 for The Pink Ribbon Foundation.
MERLYN employees took to the road to walk, run and cycle in aid of Pink Ribbon Foundation. For every kilometer covered, MERLYN donated to this amazing cause, raising a total of €4,500.
To raise awareness about self check, MERLYN are also donating £25 from the sale of every Arysto X shower enclosure to The Pink Ribbon Foundation.