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INTERNATIONAL PAGET’S AWARENESS DAY – 11th January – The 11th January is International Paget’s Awareness Day and for 2023, we will be focusing on Paget’s disease around the globe. International Paget’s Awareness Day 2021 focused on the important topic of treatment, its history and the research changing how Paget’s disease may be managed in the future.  

Paget’s disease affects the normal repair and renewal process of bone. Throughout life, bone is renewed and repaired through a process called bone remodelling. Paget’s disease is characterised by abnormalities in this process. The affected bone is renewed and repaired at an increased rate, adversely affecting the bone’s structure. Bone affected by Paget’s disease may be enlarged and misshapen. 

Bones affected by Paget’s disease may become deformed or fractured over time. Paget’s disease most frequently manifests itself in the skeletal system, specifically the spine, skull, pelvis, and femur.

Treatment for bone pain often begins with a diagnosis from a chance x-ray, blood test, or bone scan. We are more likely to contract the disease if we are older or have a family history of it.

Other symptoms may include damage to cartilage, pressure on the nerves, headaches or hearing loss, hip pain, or increased curvature of the spine, as stated by MedlinePlus.

Paget’s disease can result in a variety of secondary health complications, including osteosarcoma, kidney stones, heart failure, arthritis, and vision loss, in addition to issues affecting the nervous system.

Paget’s disease can occur in any bone, often causes no symptoms and may be found by chance. For those with symptoms, these may include pain, deformity and fracture. Either single or multiple bones may be affected with common sites being the spine, skull, pelvis and thigh (femur).

The risk of developing Paget’s disease increases with age and it is most commonly diagnosed in those over 50 years. Paget’s disease is the second most common metabolic bone disease after osteoporosis. Approximately 1% of people in the UK, over the age of 55 years, are thought to be affected. The condition is also common in other European countries such as France, Spain and Italy and in people of European descent who have emigrated to other regions of the world, such as Australia, New Zealand, the United States of America and Canada. 

Source: The Whistler News Paget’s Org

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It’s a relatively quiet December for Awareness campaigns but the ones listed are just as important as any other awareness day.

World Aids Day – December 1st 2022 – World AIDS Day takes place on 1 December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.

Over 105,000 people are living with HIV in the UK. Globally, there are an estimated 38 million people who have the virus. Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS related illnesses, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

World AIDS Day is an opportunity to show solidarity with the millions of people living with HIV worldwide. Most people do this by wearing an HIV awareness red ribbon on the day. You can order a red ribbon from our online shop, pick one up at selected branches of MAC Cosmetics in the UK, or add to a donation when shopping at MAC online.

National Grief Awareness Week – 2 – 8th December 2022 – The bereaved often have to hide their grief from others. Sometimes it is from their friends and family as they do not want to burden them. Sometimes it is from their colleagues at work. Please look out for them, check they are okay, in the early days and ongoing.  They may look alright, they may be going to work, but deep inside they could be struggling and just need your support and understanding.

We are often afraid to mention the person’s name who has died. We think we will upset our friend or family member, but it is generally the opposite. By saying their name, remembering them and talking about them, you are helping to share your love and affection for that person. This is very important and will help those grieving to know that you will help to keep their memory alive.

Grief does not discriminate. We will all be affected by a bereavement. Children, young people, the older generation, all faiths, all religions, all cultures, all sectors of our community will grieve.  We need to help all minority groups who are often stigmatised to #OpenUpToGrief and help to support anyone, anywhere who needs help.

There is a myth that you ‘get over’ grief. That you ‘move on’. You don’t. You move forward with your grief, but you may be affected by a bereavement throughout your whole life. Often after the funeral, people leave and things go ‘back to normal’. This is the time when the bereaved most need support, when they feel alone and isolated. We need to understand that there are triggers that may come from nowhere that will affect them in the weeks, months and years after the death.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities – December 3rd, 2022 – The estimated one billion people living with disabilities worldwide face many barriers to inclusion in many key aspects of society. As a result, people with disabilities do not enjoy access to society on an equal basis with others, which includes areas of transportation, employment, and education as well as social and political participation.

The right to participate in public life is essential to create stable democracies, active citizenship and reduce inequalities in society.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities falls on the 3rd of December each year, with the aim of promoting empowerment, and helping to create real opportunities for people with disabilities. This enhances their own capacities and supports them in setting their own priorities. Empowerment involves investing in people in jobs, health, nutrition, education, and social protection. When people are empowered they are better prepared to take advantage of opportunities, they become agents of change and can more readily embrace their civic responsibilities.

Source: World Aids Day, The Good Grief Trust, United Nations

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Health Awareness days start quietening during November and December with most people thinking about their Christmas spending but here are a few to be made aware of in November.

Movember Awareness Month 1st November – 30th November. Fundraisers are a global community of fired up Mo Bros and Mo Sisters – aka rock stars making a difference in mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.

Your donation could help save a father, a brother, a son, a friend, a partner, a man’s life. You can sign up here and could do any other following –

Grow a Mo…Patchy, lopsided, itchy or epic – whatever Mo you grow this Movember, your face will raise funds and awareness for men’s health.

Move for Movember, Commit to running or walking 60km over the month, at your own pace. That’s 60km for the 60 men we lose to suicide every hour across the world.

Host a Mo-Ment, Rally a crew and do something fun and easy. Hosting is all about having a good time for a good cause.


Mo Your Own Way by creating your own challenge – it can be anything. A gruelling test of physical endurance or something else entirely. Your epic efforts will help change the face of men’s health.

Lung Cancer Awareness Month – 1st-30th November – LCAM Coalition Bringing together a global coalition to transform lung cancer survival by amplifying the conversation and the importance of early detection, treatment and research.

The LCAM have year-round awareness to build public support for more research, more screening and better treatment options for people with lung cancer. Building partnerships around the world with patient advocacy organisations, health care NGOs and national ministries of health.

Raising awareness with health care professionals and the general public about how early detection can increase lung cancer survival.

Did you know that – Over 2.2 million people worldwide will get lung cancer annually, Lung cancer kills more people each year than any other cancer, Lung cancer screening saves lives, and More research = more treatments = better outcomes.

Share facts about lung cancer to raise awareness in your community.

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month & World Pancreatic Cancer Day 17th November and for the month of November – Help them break through the silence this Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month – With pancreatic cancer, silence is deadly. It’s a disease that gets too little attention and funding, and far too many people are dying.    

It’s up to us to speak up on behalf of those who have died from the deadliest common cancer and together fund the research breakthroughs that will transform the future.   

The more people who join them, the louder we’ll be. We can’t be ignored and change will happen.

This Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month we are challenging you to walk 30k, raising awareness and funds to break through the silence and get pancreatic cancer noticed. Whether it’s taking the dog for the walk, meeting up with friends or walking on a treadmill, every kilometre counts!

Your support means our nurses can be there for those affected now and we can fund vital world-leading research and campaign for change.

It could be a sponsored head shave, giving up your favourite food, hosting a quiz night or holding a bake sale. However you chose to Do Your Own Thing this November, you’ll not only be raising vital funds, but helping to get pancreatic cancer noticed and fund research breakthroughs.  

Shockingly, research into pancreatic cancer has been underfunded for decades, receiving only 3% of the UK cancer research budget, meaning survival has barely changed in the past 40 years.  

Research will transform the future for pancreatic cancer. Our scientists are close to a breakthrough, but we need more funding to make this happen. 

Get involved by lighting up your home or contacting a prominent landmark in your local area to light up purple on World Pancreatic Cancer Day (17th November), or throughout November.  

Then raise your voice by telling your friends, family and the local media why you are lighting up.  

By doing so you’ll be putting a spotlight on a disease that deserves more attention because right now people are diagnosed too late: too late for treatment, too late to survive. By 2026, it will become the fourth-biggest cancer killer.   

White Ribbon Day Friday 25th November, 2022 – Support White Ribbon Day and make a difference towards ending violence against women and girls. Plan now to mark White Ribbon Day in your workplace, school, sports club, local pub and bars, and communities. There are ideas and resources free online. White Ribbons and lots more can be bought in the online shop here.

This year, White Ribbon Day, 25th November, falls on the same week as the start of the FIFA men’s World Cup. There has never been a better time for us to come together and start playing as a team to end violence against women and girls.

All men can join the team to end violence against women and girls – that’s #TheGoal. Whether you’re a football fan or not, let’s work together to achieve gender equality. White Ribbon Day 2022 highlights 11 traits men and boys can nurture to help create a world of equality and safety for women.

Together we can unite on White Ribbon Day, 25th November, to work towards ending violence against women and girls and achieve #TheGoal.

HerGameToo is supporting #TheGoal for White Ribbon Day, 25th November.

HerGameToo is a voluntary organisation ran by female football fans, who are committed to fostering an ethos in football in which women are welcomed and respected equally.

The partnership highlights the synergy between White Ribbon UK’s aims to educate men and boys about gender equality, and HerGameToo’s focus on culture change to create safe environments for women and girls to live the lives they want to lead.

To find out more about HerGameToo and the incredibly important work they do, visit their website: www.hergametoo.co.uk

Diabetes World Awareness Day – 14th November, 2022 –Will you help us #RewriteTheStory?

Being diagnosed early is so important for all types of diabetes. It can save lives, prevent a medical emergency, and reduce the risk of life-changing complications later. That’s why we want to make sure everyone knows the signs to look out for – and knows their risk of developing type 2

But we need your help. 

Someone is diagnosed with diabetes every two minutes. Together, we have the power to #RewriteTheStory for everyone who will be diagnosed in the future – it could even be the story of someone you love. 

There will be lots of different ways you can get involved for World Diabetes Day – watch this space for more information and resources coming soon. 

Share the 4Ts of type 1 diabetes

If type 1 diabetes is left undiagnosed, it can make you really ill, really quickly. Knowing the signs could avoid a medical emergency and save lives. Find out more about our 4Ts campaign and help us spread the word of common symptoms of type 1 diabetes.

Paint your nails to raise awareness

Take on our #NailingDiabetes challenge and paint your nails blue on 14 November to raise awareness – and show others living with diabetes they’re not alone. Find out more about how you can get involved, and where to find your blue nail varnish!

Know your risk of type 2 diabetes

Together with Tesco, we want to inspire as many people as possible to find out their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Will you help us spread the word and encourage your loved ones to find out their risk? It could help change a life.

Source: Movember LCAM PCAM White Ribbon Diabetes UK