Boobies, boobs, breasts… Whatever you want to call them.
It’s Breast Cancer Awareness month and I only actually remembered to check mine for the first time in a few months yesterday. My mum had breast cancer three years ago and there are charity campaigns and reminders everywhere right now yet I almost forgot to check. That means there are probably be lots of you reading who have no personal link to the disease who are even more likely to forget to check and it only takes a few minutes. You could even do it as part of your shower routine.
What do we know about Breast Cancer?
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK, but there are several types of breast cancer; it is not one single disease.
It can be diagnosed at different stages of development and can grow at different rates. Breast cancer is also a complex disease and it is difficult to predict what course it will take in each person.
Most cases are in women but men can be diagnosed with breast cancer too, although this is rare.
Early detection is important so checking at least once a month is recommended. If you are eligible for mammograms then make sure you go. My mums cancer was picked up at a routine mammogram and her lump was not able to be felt or seen externally.
Above all if you are concerned or worried in any way, don’t think your issue is too small. Go to see your GP, seek advice. That five minute appointment could save your life.
Check out the following websites for further advice: