WE'RE URGING YOU TO GET TO KNOW YOUR BODY, FEEL YOURSELF AND YOUR CHEST, AND GET CHECKING.
October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month and this year we've partnered with the incredible CoppaFeel! charity to raise awareness of breast cancer and the importance of checking your boobs, chest and pecs. We are urging YOU to join the movement, really get to know your body, feel yourself and your chest and start checking. Follow our 6 step guide and get feeling your fantastics!
Making boob checking a regular part of your routine is important so you will notice any unusual changes quickly. By checking on a regular basis, you will also build confidence of knowing what is normal for you each month.
KNOW WHAT'S NORMAL FOR YOU!
Being breast aware simply means knowing what is normal for your boobs or pecs. If you have periods, it’s likely you’ll find that your boobs will naturally change as part of your cycle each month. It is important to get to know the normal rhythm of your boobs so you will be able to detect anything unusual quickly.
LOOK AND FEEL!
Many of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer are changes you would only notice by looking at the appearance of your boobs. CoppaFeel! recommends coppin' a feel and taking a look during your checks.
REMEMBER YOUR COLLARBONE AND ARMPITS!
Breast tissue isn’t only found in your boobs. It reaches all the way up to your collarbone and underneath your armpit so this whole area should be checked each time too. This is the same for all genders.
IF IN DOUBT, GET IT CHECKED OUT!
Your doctor is the only person who can refer you for further examination so CoppaFeel! encourages people to visit their doctor after a week of monitoring the symptom if it doesn’t go away.
GET CLUED UP ON THE SIGNS OF BREAST CANCER!
Breast cancer doesn’t just show up as a lump so getting to know all the symptoms will help you detect anything unusual quickly. Remember that some of these changes might occur naturally with your cycle and can be perfectly normal.
CoppaFeel! exists to educate and remind every young person in the UK that checking their boobs isn’t only fun, it could save their life. For more information, visit the coppafeel website: https://coppafeel.org
DID YOU KNOW
KNOWING THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF BREAST CANCER AT A YOUNG AGE COULD LEAD TO EARLIER DETECTION AND CAN INCREASE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF TREATMENT. (Cafasso, 2019)
1 IN 100 CASES OF BREAST CANCER ARE MEN. (Cancer Research, 2021)
THERE ARE 11,000 PEOPLE LIVING WITH UNDIAGNOSED BREAST CANCER IN THE UK. (Breast Cancer Now, 2021)