The charity was founded in 1973 by Betty Westgate, who was herself diagnosed with breast cancer, and in the ensuing forty years Breast Cancer Care has supported millions of women and their families through face-to-face, phone and online services.
The charity also provides training, support and networking opportunities to specialist breast cancer nurses, and Breast Cancer Care publications are used by the majority of breast cancer units throughout the UK.
Breast Cancer Care also campaigns for better support and care and promote the importance of early detection, involving people with breast cancer in all that we do.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and since its introduction in 1993, October has been awash with pink ribbons, now a global symbol for breast cancer awareness. Breast Cancer Care was the first breast cancer charity in the UK to get involved in Breast Cancer Awareness Month and through it has helped bring the subject of breast cancer to the forefront of people’s minds and to the top of the health agenda in this country.
It is thanks to the dedication and generosity of those tirelessly raising funds for the charity throughout Breast Cancer Awareness Month and beyond that Breast Cancer Care is able to provide specialist nurses, local services and an emotional support network for free.
For care, support and information from day one anyone can call our nurses free on 0808 800 6000 or visit www.breastcancercare.org.uk