‘It’s nearly Christmaaaaaaas’ I hear you all singing from the top of your lungs as soon as it turns midnight and becomes December 1st.
It’s not. Or at least it really doesn’t feel like it to me. I’m now a part of the working world, and 9-5pm office hours with the addition of a tram journey commute really don’t make you feel that festive (even with the addition of a cheesy Secret Santa and plans for a lunchtime buffet.)
What I did feel today, however, were my boobs.
Yep, you heard me right. I said boobs.
I switched off my alarm, pulled off the duvet (albeit reluctantly) and got ready for my shower. After standing under the water and letting it wake me up, and rinsing the shampoo out of my hair, I checked my boobs for any changes.
Those of you that know me personally will have heard me shouting about the wonderful breast cancer charity, CoppaFeel! and know I support the message they’re spreading to young people, which is literally saving lives.
That’s why I regularly check my boobs (with the help of handy text message reminders which you can sign up for here!) and their campaign ‘feel it on the first’ is so important.
I’m only 22, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to be affected.
Although breast cancer is rare in younger people, it can still happen as both men and women have breast tissue. Breast cancer is still the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women under 40, with 1 in 8 women in the UK being affected by breast cancer in their lifetime. (Stats from Breast Cancer Care)
In the UK…
- 1 in 8 women will be affected by breast cancer in their lifetime.
- Around 400 men are diagnosed every year.
- Breast cancer is still the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women under 40.
- Every year in the UK, around 5,000 women under the age of 45 are diagnosed with breast cancer. (Stats from Breast Cancer Care)
CoppaFeel!’s website has lots of handy hints and tips of what to look for, and how to get involved if you’d like to help spread their message. There mission below is just a snippet of what they do in order to make survival rates higher, and spread the word that knowing your normal could save your life.
To ensure all breast cancers are diagnosed early and correctly by…
- Encouraging you to check your boobs regularly from a young age.
- Educating you on the signs and symptoms of breast cancer.
- Empowering you to seek advice from a doctor if symptoms persist.
If you’re too cosy in bed to get up for work, instead of snoozing for five minutes why not get to know your normal? Or sign up for monthly reminders that come straight through to your phone? Tell your friends, tell your family, tell your cat. But most importantly, feel it on the first!