Pink October: breast cancer awareness at Cenexi

Pink October is an annual global campaign to raise awareness around the importance of breast cancer screening and to raise funds for breast cancer research.

Throughout October, Cenexi employees were able to learn more about fighting against this cancer.

Cenexi, a player in the fight against cancer.

This event is directly related to Cenexi’s business. The Group is effectively a player in the fight against cancer via its Braine-l’Alleud site which manufactures 27 sterile oncology products used to combat 13 forms of cancer. Three of these products are currently used to treat breast cancer, and a fourth is under development.

As such, throughout October, events were held at our four sites to raise awareness among our employees, with explanatory poster distributions and BSE workshops.

What is breast cancer and who is affected?

In women, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer and accounts for more than a third of all new cancer cases. Cancer is the result of a deregulation of certain cells that multiply and often form a mass known as a tumor. Cancer cells can remain in the breast, or spread to other organs, leading to an even more life-threatening situation. This is called metastasis. In the majority of cases, the development of breast cancer takes several months or even years. While 99% of this type of cancer affect women, 1% of men are also affected.

What factors increase the risk of developing breast cancer?

  1. Age: approximately 80% of new breast cancer diagnoses are in women over 50 years of age;
  2. Lifestyle: smoking and/or alcohol consumption, lack of physical activity, unbalanced diet, etc.;
  3. History: genetic transmission (cause of 5% of breast cancers), taking certain HRT treatments.

What are the symptoms of breast cancer?

Be attentive to any unusual changes and consult a healthcare professional if you notice:

  • a lump or swelling in your breast or armpit;
  • a change in your skin – retraction ability, redness, edema, or orange peel appearance;
  • a change in your nipple or areola (area around the nipple) – retraction ability, change in color, or discharge;
  • a change in breast shape.

It is recommended that your breasts are examined (observed and palpated) at least once a year by a general practitioner, gynecologist, or midwife. Screening allows the early detection of abnormalities or cancer, before symptoms appear. As a reminder, this early detection increases the chances of recovery: 99 out of 100 women are alive five years after diagnosis. Furthermore, cancers detected early on generally require lighter and less aggressive treatments with less sequelae.


Having a healthy lifestyle reduces the risk of developing this disease as alcohol and tobacco consumption, being overweight, and the lack of physical activity can all contribute to developing breast cancer. Thus, by adopting certain everyday behaviors, such as not smoking, limiting alcohol consumption, monitoring diet, and exercising, women can limit the risks.

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