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And a helpful little how to guide on checking your boobs…

This October (breast cancer awareness month), nearly 5,000 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer.

Research by breast cancer now in 2018 found that less than half of British women were regularly checking their breasts, and one in ten of us had never checked at all! The main reasons for not checking was either because they forgot, or they weren’t sure how to check properly.

The breast cancer charity coppafeel offer a free monthly text message service to help remind you to check. Enter your details HERE to sign up. It takes a matter of minutes and could SAVE YOUR LIFE. Early detection is key when it comes to breast cancer, and taking just a few moment to check your chest and armpit area could be the thing that keeps you on the right side of this earth.

There is no special technique, and you can check anywhere… in the shower, laid in bed, sat watching the tv at night, or even at your desk (probably only do this if you work from home though, it would look a bit weird in the middle of a busy office)

Here’s what to look for -

  • Changes in skin texture (dimpling, puckering)

  • Any lumps, bumps, or thickening on the breast

  • Unusal nipple discharge

  • Nipple inversion or change of direction

  • Swelling in or around your armpit and/ or collar bone

  • Any constant pain in your breast or armpit

  • Sudden changes in shape or size

  • Redness, rashes, or crusting of the nipple or surrounding area

Check all the way up to your collarbone and in your armpits.

If in doubt get checked out!! Don’t delay, call your GP and if you still have concerns, push for a referral. Don’t take no for an answer if you feel like something is really wrong and you’re not being listened to.

Cancer referrals have taken a massive dive since Covid reared its ugly head, but it’s vital to get checked before it’s too late. Women diagnosed under the age of 40 are more likely to be facing more serious, aggressive cancers and tend to be diagnosed at a later stage due to their age and cancer always being viewed as the last resort.

The stats…

  • Around 55,000 women and 370 men are diagnosed with breast cancer every year.

  • One in seven women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.

  • Just 4% of all cases diagnosed in the UK in a year will be in women under the age of 39. That’s a mere 2,300 of us.

  • Eight out of ten cases of breast cancer are in women over the age of 50.

  • Every year, around 11,500 women and 85 men die from breast cancer. That’s one every 45 minutes.

  • There are an estimated 35,000 people living with secondary breast cancer in the UK (where cancer spreads to another part of the body, becoming incurable)

  • In around 5% of women, breast cancer has already spread by the time it is diagnosed.

Check your boobs, it could save your life.

Until next time

L x

(stats from breast cancer now)

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