Malta and Gozo turn pink for breast cancer awareness

Malta and Gozo is turning pink to mark breast cancer awareness month.

Landmarks across the Maltese Islands are being illuminated in pink to show support for the Pink October breast cancer campaign, which is backed by 89.7 Bay.

Fontana in Gozo is the latest place to get involved.

Fontana Local Council has light up the shelters surrounding its natural water springs in bright pink – and they look gorgeous.

The springs can be found at the top of the hill leading down to Xlendi.

Other local councils supporting Pink October – Movember Malta 2019 include Valletta, Xewkija, Ghajnsielem, Attard, Rabat, Floriana, Zebbug and Balzan.

Who is at risk of breast cancer?

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in Malta.

More than 300 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in Malta.

Most women diagnosed with breast cancer are over 50, but younger women can also get breast cancer.

About 1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime.

There’s a good chance of recovery if it’s detected in its early stages.

For this reason, it’s vital that women check their breasts regularly for any changes and always get any changes examined by their family doctor.

According to Malta’s NHS, four out of five treated women live for at least five years in Malta, putting us as the country with the highest survival rate in Europe.

In rare cases, men can also be diagnosed with breast cancer.

You should also see your doctor if you notice any of the following:

  • a change in the size or shape of one or both breasts
  • discharge from either of your nipples, which may be streaked with blood
  • a lump or swelling in either of your armpits
  • dimpling on the skin of your breasts
  • a rash on or around your nipple
  • a change in the appearance of your nipple, such as becoming sunken into your breast