October is the official breast cancer awareness month the purpose of which is to raise awareness of breast cancer in the UK and help women to become breast aware knowing what is normal and when to seek medical advice.
Breast Cancer is now the most common cancer in the UK with over 45,000 new cases being diagnosed each year. In the last ten years, female breast cancer incidence rates in the UK have increased by 5%. It is estimated that the NHS breast screening programme saves over 1,000 lives each year.
Breast cancer survival rates have been improving for forty years. More women are surviving breast cancer than ever before. Women diagnosed with breast cancer are now twice as likely to survive their disease for at least ten years than those diagnosed forty years ago. Almost 2 out of 3 women with breast cancer now survive their disease beyond 20 years.
There are several charities in the UK who raise money for both research and to help those who are suffering or have suffered with breast cancer. The excellent work done by these charities is funded by donations from the public as well as support from commercial companies.
Pentel have been a partner of the Breast Cancer Campaign since 2006. The Breast Cancer Campaign is the only charity in the UK that specialises in funding independent research into the causes and treatment of breast cancer.
To date Pentel have donated over £400,000 this has been achieved by donating 20p from each pen sold from a range of Pink products specially designed to support the charity.
This year Zebra Pens have partnered with The Pink Ribbon Foundation. The Pink Ribbon Foundation is a trust which funds projects and provides financial support to UK charities which relieve the needs of people who are suffering from, or who have been affected by breast cancer. There are a large number of such charities in the UK, each as deserving as the next. Many of the charities supported are the smaller ones, which operate on a shoestring.
Zebra Pens UK are supporting this charity donating 20p from each sale of its clip on 2c Pink Ribbon Pens.
The pens are available from many high street stores.