Today is the first of October the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Great support is given and money is raised for multiple breast canSer charities but I think the most important thing that this month should do if nothing else is to ensure that all you ladies start checking yourselves regularly!
A recent survey by Breakthrough Breast Cancer found that half the women questioned do to check their breasts regularly, ifat all. The Uk is lagging behind the rest of Europe in terms of survival rates.
Most of our lives have been touched by canSer, so we know it is out there but we don’t necessarily equate that to our own personal risk.
The charity Coppafeel aims to encourage women to check their breasts regularly. It’s ridiculous that one in eight women get this disease and yet so few women check their breasts. I’m sure the reasons for not doing it is being too busy and simply forgetting so Coppafeel have set up a free text reminder service. Simply text ‘boobs’ to 70300 and regular prompts to examine yourself will arrive.
If on the other hand you don’t know what to look for or how to check yourself. There’s no real science to it. Breasts change throughout your life. I always say you need to look for any changes. By checking them regularly you will get to know what is different. Don’t panic if you do find something, chances are it’s not canSer but get it checked by your GP immediately. One way to look at is not checking for canSer but getting to know your boobs.
As with everything in this day and age, there’s an app for that! Download ibreastcheck app and it includes a helpful breast examination video.
So go on girls get to grips with your boobs. It could save your life.
Post on my Facebook page any charity or events that you are doing this month for Breast Cancer Awareness month. It’s good to see the support and will spread the news for anyone that may be interested.