• Ryan Calleja Urry

5 Cancers To Check Out For With Marigold's Pink Mov 21 Campaign

Face Your Fear 💪

Let's face it, nobody likes to talk about cancer. It holds a lot of negative emotions and memories for many people, which is why many people try to avoid the subject altogether.

But one of the ways to keep ourselves safe and healthy is by actually educating ourselves on the topic. We can also learn about what we should be looking out for so that we can catch the cancer in its early stages when it isn't as aggressive.

And that's where The Marigold Foundation comes in.

Educate & Prevent 🎗

If you didn't know already, October and November are now associated with Pink October and Movember respectively.

Pink October is all about raising awareness about women's cancer, primary Breast Cancer, Cervical Cancer, & Ovarian Cancer.

Movember involves people growing moustaches during November to put a spotlight on men's health issues, such as Prostate Cancer, Testicular Cancer, and male suicide.

In this year's campaign, The Marigold Foundation is highlighting 5 kinds of cancer, what to look out for, and how you can check yourself.


1. Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer is the most common cancer affecting women all over the world. In Malta, around 300 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year.

Making healthy lifestyle choices will lower your risk of developing breast cancer. Things like eating a balanced nutritious diet, doing physical activity, and limiting your intake of tobacco and alcohol are all good habits you should adopt to reduce the risk.

Here's what you should be looking out for:

There's actually many different ways you can check your breasts for cancer:

LYING DOWN: Place a pillow under your right shoulder. Put your right hand under your head. Check your entire right breast area with the finger pads of your left hand. Use small circles and follow an up and down pattern. Use light, medium and firm pressure over each area of your breast. Repeat these steps on your left breast.

IN THE SHOWER: Raise your right arm. With soapy hands and fingers flat, check your right breast. Use the method described in the ‘Lying Down” step. Repeat on your left breast.

FACING A MIRROR: Check for any changes in the shape and contours of your breast. Note any skin or nipple changes such as dimpling or nipple discharge. Inspect your breast in four steps: 1. arms at side, 2. arms overhead, 3. hands on hips pressing firmly to flex chest muscles, 4. bending forward.

2. Testicular Cancer

Cancer of the testes is not common & usually affects men aged between 15-49 years.

At the same time each month, check for any change in the normal look or feel of your testicles. Look for:

  • Lumps,

  • Breast enlargement,

  • Pain in the lower scrotum,

  • Heaviness or build-up of fluid in the scrotum,

  • Swelling in one testis (may potentially be painful).

Here's how you should check your testes:

3. Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian cancer often causes symptoms that are similar to other more common & less serious conditions. This can make it difficult to diagnose early, before the cancer has spread.

Aside from the above symptoms of ovarian cancer, others may include:

  • Weight gain or weight loss,

  • Unexplained or extreme tiredness (fatigue),

  • A change in your normal bowel habit (diarrhoea or constipation).

4. Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer for men - affecting around 210 people each year. Symptoms usually develop as men age, so it's important for men to get regular check-ups after hitting 50.

If there is a family history of prostate cancer, if you're over 50 years of age, a heavy smoker or experience a sudden worsening in the ability to pass urine, you should get your prostate checked.

5. Cervical Cancer

Cervical Cancer affects more than 10,000 women every year. Young women should get regular smear tests, and there's also a vaccine against cervical cancer.

Symptoms may include:

  • Vaginal bleeding after sex,

  • Vaginal bleeding between periods,

  • Heavier periods than you normally have,

  • Vaginal bleeding after the menopause (after you have stopped having periods).

Even though cancer is quite a sensitive and negative topic, remember that it can affect absolutely anyone - including you.

Spreading awareness is super important to help thousands of people around the world - especially when it comes to simple checking methods like the ones we mentioned. You could save lives by simply having conversations with your friends or sharing these tips.

At the end of the day, prevention is better than cure. So please, take this seriously, and get checked often!


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