HANNAH Blythyn AM has spoken out in order to raise awareness of breast cancer, which remains the most common cancer in women in the UK.

October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month, highlighting the effects of the devastating disease.

Each year in Wales, around 2,877 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and over 577 women die of the disease.

The annual campaign day, held this year on Friday October 18 and led by Breast Cancer Now, was launched in 2002 and has raised over £33 million. This money helps to fund vital breast cancer research and life changing support for those affected by the disease.

Ms Blythyn said: “It is important to me to use the platform I have to advocate and raise awareness on issues like this, that are close to so many of our hearts. Most people will have been impacted either directly or indirectly by breast cancer, myself included.”

“My mum, Laraine – who lives locally in Connah’s Quay - was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer several years ago and we’re forever indebted to the support and care she received. I know all too well how important it is to be aware of and watch out for any signs of breast cancer.”

The Breast Cancer Now website stresses the importance of checking your breasts regularly, meaning it is easier to spot when abnormal changes happen. If you do spot any changes to your breasts you should get them checked out by your doctor.

Whilst at the wear it pink event, Hannah met with patient advocates, who are both living with incurable secondary breast cancer.

One of these ladies, Tracey Williams, commented on why she is supporting this year’s wear it pink day.

She said: “The charity has supported me since I finished treatment for primary breast cancer in 2010, and they have continued to support and help me through my secondary breast cancer diagnosis.

“I couldn’t live my life as well as I do now without their on-going support and the information they provide. Wear it pink is a great way you can have fun and raise money for this vital charity and help to support people like me who have been affected by breast cancer.”

Anyone can take part in wear it pink. Some people will choose to hold a cake sale, while others will opt to organise a raffle and some will arrange a pink fancy dress day at their school or workplace.

No matter how people choose to wear it pink, all the money raised will help to fund vital breast cancer research and support and the awareness raised could help save a life.