Cancer is a topic close to our hearts at Devonshire. Three of our former colleagues have suffered from – and thankfully survived – breast cancer, and we find ourselves thinking about it even more today, on World Cancer Day.
Four of our lovely Devonshire ladies have even signed up for the Moonwalk London in aid of breast cancer. Michele, one of our Double Ds, had this to say: “We wanted to raise awareness for breast cancer as it is close to our hearts and decided to challenge ourselves and push our bodies to the limits by doing something out of our comfort zones and Walk the Walk is the perfect way to do this.”
In May, Michele, Sheetal, Amrit and Fiona will be walking 26.2 miles through London, overnight. Michele says, “For four women who will drive to the shops, jump in a taxi on a night out and who’ll be snuggled on the sofa with a hot chocolate by 9pm, we are not only scared of the thought of walking 26.2 miles, we are scared that we won’t be awake to make it to the finish line! But what’s the point of doing something easy to raise money for charity?”
If you want to support the Devonshire Double Ds, you can do so here.
Cancer kills 8.4 million people a year, globally, but 48% of British cancer diagnoses are preventable. So keep yourself healthy, and check for early symptoms. Below is a list of common early cancer symptoms from Cancer Research UK. Granted, most of these symptoms are likely to be something more benign than cancer, but it’s not worth the risk. So take the time off work to pop to the doctor’s if you are experiencing any of the below symptoms. Saving your life is worth taking an hour out of the office, don’t you think?
- Unexplained vaginal bleeding
- Persistent heartburn or indigestion
- Croaky voice or hoarseness
- Looser or more frequent bowel movements
- Persistent bloating
- Difficulty swallowing
- Sore that won’t heal
- Mouth or tongue ulcer that won’t heal
- Heavy night sweats
- Unusual breast changes
- Blood in your stool
- Blood in your urine
- Unexplained weight loss
- New mole or changes to a mole
- Coughing up blood
- Persistent cough
- Problems urinating
- Unexplained pain or ache
- Unusual lump or swelling anywhere