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BDO Malta Supporting Pink October

18 October 2019

Pink October Malta 2019

 

Breast cancer affects thousands of men and women in Malta every year. Pink October was launched back in 2014 in Malta, with the aim of bringing the nation together, increase awareness, encourage people to live a healthier lifestyle and raise funds towards breast cancer research and equipment. This movement has proved to be a huge success as by 2016, it had already increased screening appointments and regular check-ups by 75% and raised €150,000 to help the fight against breast cancer. Together we can help save lives!

 

The whole of Malta and Gozo turns pink this month with several landmarks across the islands being lit in pink to show support for Pink October - breast cancer awareness month. BDO Malta will also turn pink by organising a series of events to raise breast cancer awareness.

 

We’ll be hosting a bake sale on the 28th of October, where every employee is encouraged to bake a type of food or sweet covered in pink. These will be sold at our office canteen and all profits from the sales will be donated to the Pink October Foundation.

 

On this day, everyone will wear something pink to work (for instance a shirt, a tie or even socks) and anyone who forgets to do so will be “fined” a small donation of €5 which will also be given to the Pink October Foundation.


Who is most at risk of breast cancer?

More than 300 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in Malta, most of them are over the age of 50 however, this does not exclude younger women and men from having breast cancer. Breast cancer is also the most common type of cancer in Malta with around 1 in every 8 women being diagnosed with it during their lifetime.

 

One should see a doctor, in any of the following cases:

  • a change in the size or shape of one or both breasts
  • discharge from either of the nipples, which may be streaked with blood
  • a lump or swelling in either of the armpits
  • dimpling on the skin of the breasts
  • a rash on or around the nipple
  • a change in the appearance of the nipple, such as becoming sunken into the breast

 

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