Breast cancer awareness month 2019: Best products from jumpers to perfume that give back to charity
Support a great cause with our selection
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women in the UK.
It tends to occur more in women who are over 50 – although that's not to say younger women can't be affected, too.
The NHS estimates that one in eight women will be diagnosed with this type of the disease, but the chance of survival has never been better with 78 per cent of those diagnosed surviving which has doubled in the past 40 years.
Of course, the earlier the disease is caught, the more likely it is for patients overcome.
Every year, October is dedicated to raising awareness about the disease. Many brands launch limited edition products and collections and donate some or all of the proceeds to various breast cancer charities that help educate people on spotting the disease, and supporting those who are affected by it.
According to the NHS, the best way to check yourself is to look for large lumps, or thickened tissue. Often lumps are not cancerous, but always get them checked out by your doctor if you find one.
Other signs to look out for are discharge from your nipples, especially if there's blood, lumps or swelling in either armpits, dimpling around the skin of your breasts, a rash on or around your nipples, and a change in the appearance of your nipple, such as becoming sunken.
If you've previously had a benign lump, a family history of breast cancer or are very tall or overweight then you may be more likely to be at risk, and should check yourself regularly.
Despite what many people think, pain in your breasts is not usually a sign of breast cancer.
Although many of these products have pink elements to them, and appear to be directly aimed at women, it's not only women who can suffer from breast cancer.
An estimated 390 men are diagnosed each year, while around 54,800 women are diagnosed, and it usually occurs in men over 60, but it can also affect men younger than this. For men, the disease usually develops in the small amount of tissue behind their nipples.
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Accessorize x CoppaFeel! square scarf: £15, Accessorize
We love Accessorize's whole range in collaboration with breast cancer awareness charity CoppaFeel!, and one of our favourite pieces is this gorgeous silk-feel square scarf. The print features across the collection, which includes tote bags, necklaces, wash bags and other cute accessories. We love that this is something you could wear any time, not just during breast cancer awareness month. In support of CoppaFeel! – which encourages young people to check for signs of the disease – £20,000 of profits from Accessorize's collaboration will go to the charity, which is even more reason to invest in this chic head piece.
Vans classic slip on breast cancer awareness nude check shoes: £54.99, Office
Vans has turned its black and white slip on shoe – arguably the brand’s best known product – into a mish mash of skin tones with the odd freed nipple and illustrations around the rubber sole. The collection also includes the SK8 Hi high tops with illustrations of people who’ve had a mastectomy. Expect the usual rubber sole
Clinique dramatically different moisturising lotion jumbo limited edition, 200ml: £39, Clinique
This classic moisturiser has probably graced most people’s beauty stashes at some point – and is still part of ours thanks to its silky feel, lightness and lack of scent, making it great for sensitive skin. It comes with a limited edition keyring in support of the charity. The brand will donate £7.84 to the Breast Cancer Campaign for every one of these bottles sold from 1 October. And as it’s so huge, it will last ages.
Stella McCartney x Adidas mastectomy sports bra: £59, Stella McCartney
Ok, so this one doesn’t support a charity – although the brand does have other products that do – but the entire idea and production of this raises more awareness of how women’s lives and bodies are affected, post mastectomy and we think that’s pretty important. The bra has a front close zip and extra soft lining which is designed to be comfortable on sensitive skin, it has also been made to support high impact.
Girls vs Cancer knockers sweatshirt: £38, Girls vs Cancer
A welcomed colour change, this chunky marl grey jumper comes with three different tongue-in-cheek slogans across it: bangers, fun bags and knockers. The latter is our favourite and we love the American sport-tee style font in contrasting white. From each jumper, 25 per cent of the price is split equally between CopaaFeel!, Future Dreams, Trekstock and Look Good Feel Better which all encourage people to know how to spot the signs. There’s also fun printed tees and bags too.
Breast Cancer Now teatowel: £10, Breast Cancer Care
We love this vintage-inspired printed teatowel by print designers Thornback & Peel that reminds us of the original Peter Rabbit drawings, and who doesn’t love that? Made from 100 per cent cotton, it’s a great one to whip out as Easter themed kitchen decor too.The entire proceeds from this teatowel goes back into the charity to support people who are affected by breast cancer.
Bobbi Brown proud to be pink lip colour duo: £35, Harrods
We're big fans of Bobbi Brown's lipstick formula so any excuse to buy another lippy is good for us. Luckily, this is a great one, as £5 from every purchase of this "proud to be" lipstick duo goes to the Breast Cancer Research Fund. Two of the brand's existing shades are encased in limited edition pink packaging. Bobbi Brown's "tulle" is a deep mauve colour and "pink" is a dark fuschia, both are really wearable and the formula is long-lasting.
Papier x pot yer tits away luv notebook: £19.99, Papier
This is made in collaboration between stationary brand Papier and potter Emma Low, who is behind the “pot yer tits away luv” campaign, making “tit pots” that celebrate real bodies, beginning with her own self portrait pot which was a Christmas gift back in 2016. Supporting the Breast Cancer Haven charity – with 100 per cent of the profits going to the cause – her pots are now on the front of this cute hardback notebook. Inside there’s 96 leave of plain, 150gsm silk-paper finish.
The Natural Deodorant Co palmarosa and mandarin deodorant, 55g: £11, The Natural Deodorant Co
This balm deodorant is an alternative to your usual roll-on or spray and the best thing about it, as the name suggests, is that its made from natural ingredients and is free of aluminium which is found in most other deodorants. Instead it uses antibacterial magnesium and sodium bicarbonate with coconut oil and shea butter. Apply with your fingers, or a little wooden spatula if you prefer. It’s smooth on your skin and doesn't leave you feeling sticky at the end of the day. For this month, the brand is supporting the CoppaFeel! charity.
Mr Kipling cherry bakewells: £1, Asda
The supermarket has a whole range of products from flowers to shower gels, fizzy drinks and condiments that are marked with the little pink ribbon, known as Tickled Pink products, to indicate money from these products is supporting Breast Cancer Now. The charity helps fund life-saving research and supports those affected by breast cancer across the UK.
Accessorize x Coppafeel! pearly pair necklace: £5, Accessorize
There's no nicer reminder to check your breasts than this dainty necklace from Accessorize's collaboration with CoppaFeel!. Layering gold pieces is all the rage at the moment, so we love how on-trend this is. As the charming "pearly pair" name suggests, this necklace is a fun take on raising awareness for a brilliant cause.
Jo Malone breast cancer campaign red roses cologne: £98, Jo Malone
If you're after a new floral fragrance, you're in luck with Jo Malone's red roses cologne. The scent is "inspired by a voluptuous blend of seven of the world's most exquisite roses" and for every bottle sold in the UK in 2019, the brand will donate £20 to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Crushed violet leaves and lemon cut through the floral notes to make this a fresh fragrance for a good cause. As always, we love the brand's packaging too.
The verdict: Breast cancer awareness products that give back
We love the Accessorise x CoppaFeel! square scarf for its gorgeous print and for the fact it's something we can wear all year round too. We also love the Papier x pot yer tits away luv notebook for a fab gift, and for something fun you can also wear all the time we think the Girls vs Cancer knockers sweatshirt is a great buy.
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