May is the Stroke Association’s annual make May purple for stroke campaign. The campaign aims to raise awareness about strokes, and offers support to those who have been affected by stroke, including families, carers and survivors.
Statistics show that by the age of 75, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 6 men will have had a stroke – it is the fourth largest killer in the UK, and the second in the world. Each year, stroke kills twice as many women as breast cancer, and more men than prostate and testicular cancer combined.
A great deal of time has been put into ensuring people know the signs of a stroke – most people remember the mnemonic ‘FAST’ (Face, Arms, Speech, Time). However, fewer people seem to know how to reduce their risk of having a stroke in the first place. The best way to help prevent a stroke is to eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and avoid smoking and drinking too much alcohol – regular health screening can also help you assess your risk of suffering a stroke and make positive lifestyle changes to improve your health.
You can show your support to the Stroke Association and Make May Purple here: https://www.stroke.org.uk/fundraising/make-may-purple