For most women, one of life’s most treasured treats is a heart-to-heart with a close girlfriend over a delicious cup of coffee. During October, coffee loving bosom buddies who pop in to a Mugg & Bean coffee shop will be in for a ‘pink’ surprise. Throughout the month, Mugg & Bean stores nationwide will be serving ‘pink’ cappuccinos in support of breast cancer awareness and education.
Known as the ‘Pink Mugg Shot’, the initiative is a partnership between Novartis Oncology and Mugg & Bean coffee shops. These organisations joined forces on the initiative in a bid to find a novel but meaningful way of encouraging South Africans to think about breast cancer.
Talking about the disease with your girlfriends is one way of sharing information and tips about how to detect it. “Nine out of ten breast lumps are detected by women themselves1; so breast self-examination once a month is vitally important,” says Dr Benn. “It’s also important to remember that 90% of breast lumps are not cancer 1, so if you find a lump in your breast, do not be afraid to go to your doctor.”