There’s no way that you’ve gone the whole of October so far without hearing about Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s not rocket science, you hear Breast Cancer Awareness Month and you get the gist. It’s a month to raise awareness about breast cancer. What you might not know are these facts that make Breast Cancer Awareness Month so important:
- Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide
- When found early, and if adequate diagnosis and treatment are available, there is a good chance that breast cancer can be cured
Early detection is the message that Breast Cancer Awareness Month aims to push. It can save your life. That aside, however, Breast Cancer Awareness Month is also a month for survivors and advocates to share their stories, remove the stigma from conversations and well celebrate boobs of all shapes, sizes and colours.
Now What Is No Bra Day?
Finally, we come to the #NoBraDay hashtag. Here’s where it all started: no bra day was initially observed on July 9, 2011, and it was promoted on that date until 2013. Then, in 2013 and 2014, no bra day was observed on both July 9 and October 13. However, since 2015, the Day has been only observed on October 13.
It is reported that No Bra Day originated from an event known as BRA (Breast Reconstruction Awareness) Day which was held in Toronto, Canada in 2011. The event was meant to increase women’s awareness of the availability of reconstructive breast surgery, as well as promoting the awareness of breast cancer screening, alert women to breast cancer symptoms, and encourage women to conduct regular self-examinations. An anonymous person with the name Anastasia M. Doughnuts reportedly started No Bra Day and created the first website to promote the idea and now every 13th of October people #FreeTheNipple on your timeline.