At Woolly HQ we are predominantly an all female workforce, so female cancer awareness including breast cancer is at the forefronts of our minds this month.We wanted to share some important links to essential information and charities in order to help spread the word to all generations of women as to what to look out for when it comes to the big ‘C’.
Often our first reliable go to website for all things medical, the NHS report that a staggering 1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Statistically more common in the over 50’s but can certainly happen at younger ages, so don’t let that alter your mindset and think “I’ll think about that later in life”.
If you get yourself informed now and make a point to add regular breast checking to your shower routine, it will become second nature, you will be ready if anything were to concern you and you are more likely to be aware of a change to your breast because you know what is ‘normal’ for you.
LINK: Breast cancer in women – NHS (www.nhs.uk)
A charity to promote the regular self checking of your own breasts and getting to know what is normal for you, so that if something changes you can get it checked out professionally, early.
The main signs to look out for according to CoppaFeel are:
Changes to texture – puckering or dimpling of the skin
Swellings – particularly in your armpit or around your collarbone
Lumps for thickening within the breast tissue
A constant pain in the breast or armpit which is unusual (so ruling out any TOTM pains)
Nipple discharge, inversion or changes in direction
A rash, crusting of the nipple or surrounding
A sudden change of size or shape that is unexplainable
We very much recommend following the link below to fully verse yourself with the checking method and all the invaluable information that they provide.
You can even set up a boob check reminder to send a text to your phone to prompt you to warm up those hands and “Coppa Feel”.
LINK: Home – CoppaFeel!
Macmillan Cancer Information and Support
If the worst was to happen, Macmillan are a phenomenal organisation that covers all the bases – detailed information about all types of cancers including treatments and the side effects of, but also explaining what to expect emotionally as well as physically. This outstanding source of information is also tailored to the loved ones of the cancer sufferer as well as they identify how devastating it can be emotionally, physically and financially for families, thus offer support in those key ways.
There is also an amazing online community of support through their forums, groups and blogs, enabling you to connect with others who understand what you are going through. You can search for support groups, events and volunteering opportunities in your local area; if you are well enough to attend, being active, positive and supporting others can go along way in helping you process what may be ahead of you.
LINK (Main Homepage): Macmillan Cancer Support
LINK (Local Group Support Search): Local Dashboard Choose Location – Macmillan Cancer – Macmillan Cancer Support
Cancer Research UK
As well as offering a wealth of information, this charity channels your donations into pioneering research into the causes of cancer, life changing treatments the potential cure.
“Thanks to supporters like you, our pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives. Over the past 40 years survival has doubled, thanks to the great progress research has made. Find out more about how our research has already made a difference to patients and what we are funding right now.”
LINK (Main Homepage): Cancer Research UK
LINK (Donate): Donate to Cancer Research UK | Cancer Research UK
THE BOOBIE BERET – CROCHET HAT PATTERN
You Will Need:
100g Merino Yarn: Super Chunky Merino Yarn | 100 Gram Ball | 100% Pure Merino Wool | Knit a chunky throw or jumper mammoth (woollymahoosive.com) (if you wish to make the nipple a different colour, you will need additional for this)
12mm Crochet Hook: Giant 12mm wooden crochet hook mammoth (woollymahoosive.com)
Adult Small Hat: Head circumference approx. 55cm (the beret does have some stretch)
CH40, join to first CH with SL ST
RND 1: DC in each (40)
RND 2: CH2 (classed as a treble), TR in each, join with SL ST to CH2
RND 3: CH2, **FPTR (front post treble: insert hook into front through to back), then BPTR (back post treble: insert hook into back through to front). Repeat from **around. Join with SL ST to CH2
RND 4: Repeat RND 3. ( Make sure you alternate between FPTR and BPTR correctly to get the ribbing effect)
RND 5: CH1, DC between each post. Join with SL ST (40)
RND 6: CH1, DC in each. Join with SL ST (40)
RND 7: CH1, continue to work in rounds of DC decreasing by DC2TOG every 5th stitch until you are ready to change colour. We changed colour after about 5 rounds but it depends how big or small you would like your nipple to be! Continue decreasing as before until you have 8DCs left.
TO FINISH: Lay flat and SL ST closed from one side to the other. Turn inside out and weave in ends.