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To this day, breast cancer remains the most common cancer among women. There are many different subtypes of breast cancer. Each person’s journey is unique and no patient story is the same. During Pink October, we hear the voice of patients who share their experience living with this disease. However, it is also important to pay attention to the caregivers and relatives, who provide support to these patients on a daily basis.

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In 2020, 2.3 million people were diagnosed with breast cancer worldwide.

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1 in 5 breast cancers are diagnosed before the age of 50. Although more frequent after age 50, breast cancer can also occur in younger patients.

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About 1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime.

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Although most breast cancer cases occur in women, it can also occur in men (around 1% of cases).

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In most cases, breast cancer is asymptomatic. Regular self-examination and mammography are essential.

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Check with your doctor if you are eligible and get information about screening.

Our collaborators share their experience

Understanding the impact of cancer is important to better cope with it as a patient, but also as a close one. Being diagnosed with breast cancer brings a whirlwind of emotions and you may feel overwhelmed as you look for resources that address your unanswered questions.

Throughout the #TogetherBeyondThePink initiative, you will find the testimonies of collaborators of the Pierre Fabre Group who accepted to share their experiences with us and to voice the messages of those affected by this disease. These voices are the ones of Séverine, Marie-Jeanne, Isabelle, Aline, Roseline, Eva, Audrey, Céline, Myriam, Marine and Margaux.

We know them as collaborators of the Pierre Fabre Group, we discover them with a fighting spirit, courage, and in the intimacy of their stories and personal experiences. We thank for opening up and for finding the strength to reveal the hidden realities of those affected directly or indirectly by breast cancer.

Finally, we would also like to thank Delphine Rémy, a breast cancer patient and social media influencer, and also her husband Didier, who have accepted to share their testimony on how this disease changed their lives and also how they found support in each other to face this situation.

Signs that should alert 
 women and men:

  • A lump in the breast
  • Change in the size or shape of the breast
  • Dimpling of the skin or thickening in the breast tissue
  • An inverted nipple
  • Rash on the nipple
  • Discharge from the nipple
  • Swelling or a lump in the armpit
  • Pain or discomfort in the breast that doesn’t go away
  • Skin redness
  • Skin thickening

It is important to remember that these symptoms may also be caused by other conditions. Check with your doctor if you notice any change.

The impact on the patient

How each individual copes with their diagnosis and treatment varies from person to person. Each person’s journey is unique, and no patient story is the same. Different cancers, different treatments, different characters, different family situations: even if experiences can be similar, each one remains singular.


Pierre Fabre collaborator and
breast cancer patient

The impact on the caregiver

Caring for a loved one with cancer can be overwhelming and you may experience many different feelings. Understanding the potential changes in the way you relate to specific family members and friends may help you take steps to grow and maintain healthy, mutually supportive relationships during this challenging time.

Breast Cancer Patient and her husband

Breast Cancer Patient and her husband

4 ways to support your loved 
 one with breast cancer 

Discover here our guide with tips for patients and caregivers

Are you a patient or a caregiver? This brochure was made to provide support to you as a person diagnosed with breast cancer or to you, as a person who wants to help a loved one living with this disease.

You will find :
  • Tips to support patients & caregivers
  • Testimonies from patients & caregivers
  • General information on breast cancer
  • Additional resources for more information


Support from healthcare team and patient associations

Patients are eager to evolve in a medical environment where the various professionals they consult communicate with each other. This complementary approach to care is a reassuring safe space. As a healthcare team or patient association, you are in contact with people affected by breast cancer, at various stages of the treatment process. Thus, it is important to support both the patients and their loved ones throughout their journey.


Director of the Cancer Institute of the Civil Hospices - Lyon, France


Former Vice-President Europa Donna France

Show your support on 
 social media 

Use our Instagram filter to spread the message and show your support on the journey of those affected by breast cancer.

They listened to me, we have a medicine department that is really top notch! It went really well with colleagues, everyone was kind.

When I returned to work, I felt reassured thanks to the relationship I had with the Pierre Fabre social worker.

There was an adjustment in my assignment and there was no pressure to come back to work, it was up to me to decide when I was ready.

Pierre Fabre’s commitments

According to studies conducted in France by Ligue-cancer and Cancer@Work, 1 out of 3 people lose or leave their job within two years of a cancer diagnosis. More than ever, professional reintegration and quality of life in the workplace must be the focus of social debate in companies of all sizes. According to 77% of working people, preserving social ties not only strenghtens the cohesion and commitment of teams, but also reduces the impact of the disease.

At Pierre Fabre, we have been signing a Social Commitment and Responsibility Agreement for over 30 years. We have established a framework: because we should not have to choose between care or maintaining our standard of living, nor should we have to endure a difficult return when going back to the workplace.

Our Pierre Fabre vision

Globally, breast cancer continues to be the most commonly occurring cancer. Despite improvements in the treatment and the support network provided, breast cancer has still a considerable impact on patients and their close ones. By highlighting the impact of this disease through the voice of those affected, we want to raise awareness of breast cancer and how we can better support those who are facing this disease.
Together, we can go BEYOND to stand against breast cancer!
Deborah Szafir

Dr Deborah SZAFIR
Head of Corporate Medical & Patient/Consumer Division, Pierre Fabre