Oh no! What’s she got us all doing now I hear you cry? Don’t worry, it’s not my next crazy exercise challenge.
I’m talking about checking your boobs!! October is breast cancer awareness month, and this is a subject very close to my heart as I was diagnosed 10 years ago.
Sadly, 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer. But nearly half of us don’t check our boobs regularly.
So, consider this your reminder. It’s important to monitor any changes in appearance as well as checking for lumps so in front of a mirror is the ideal place for checking. But in the shower or lying in bed are good too. And the area to cover is the breast, the arm pit and up to the collar bone. There’s lots of information online on how to do a thorough check.
And if you should find anything then please don’t delay – get along to your GP. Lots has changed during the pandemic, but you will often find that they refer you to a one stop shop where you’ll see a consultant, have a mammogram and possibly other diagnostic procedures all in one day.
I found my own lump through self-checking. Interestingly, it didn’t show up on a mammogram but did on a scan. This led to a biopsy, a lumpectomy and then radiotherapy and five years of Tamoxifen as my cancer was Oestrogen Receptor Positive.
Not a nice period of my life at all. But if I hadn’t had found the lump when I did then things could have been much worse. The good news is that I did find it. And now I’m here to nag you about checking your own boobs!