Cop a feel

cop a feel

Let’s talk about boobs. Melons. Baps. Knockers. Jugs. Pancakes. Tits. Coconuts. Fried eggs. The twins. Puppies. Tatas… the list goes on. 

It doesn’t matter how big or small yours are, it’s important to get familiar and stop shying away from getting to grips with them.

According to coppafeel.org, 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.

So what should you know when it comes to checking yourself and staying healthy?

Whatever your age or gender, knowing your body and being aware of the symptoms of breast cancer is really important. So, coppafeel.org have made it so very easy to know how to do it and what to look for:

Just 48% of British women regularly check their breasts for signs of cancer, despite rising incidence

BreastCancerNow

A third of women (33%) do not check their breasts regularly for signs and symptoms of breast cancer and could be putting their lives at risk

YouGov

Breast cancer remains the most common cancer in the UK, with around 55,000 women being diagnosed with the disease each year. With incidence continuing to rise. There really is no excuse when it comes to not checking out your own boobs and doing your best to keep an eye out for abnormalities or changes. It could just save your life.

So how exactly do I check my own boobs?

Firstly, you need to make sure you’re checking on a regular basis. Whether you do it weekly or monthly, you should make sure you schedule time to take a look. Perhaps after you’ve had a bath or shower, seeing as you’re already in the nude! 

The more you check the more confidence you’ll have in terms of what your ‘normal’ is. Even if you’re not sure what you’re feeling for on the first or second time, you’ll soon build up an idea of what feels right or wrong.

You might find that your boobs change as part of your monthly cycle and be able to pick up on this rhythm or routine. And, as well as having a feel to check for any changes or inconsistencies, it’s important you check for visual changes too.

But did you know that breast tissue also raches up to your collarbone and under your armpits? Add these areas to your checks too, to make sure you cover all bases. If you ever feel as though something is wrong, you should contact your doctor for further examination. 

It would be beneficial to also educate yourself on the symptoms of breast cancer to help you detect anything that occurs in the future, quickly.

Preventcancer.org even suggests getting your partner to have a feel each month. As someone that spends a lot of time with you on an intimate level, they may be able to detect changes better than you. 

This could also be said for skin cancer detection, getting them to be aware of your body, and keeping an eye on mole development or changes. As well as breast and skin cancer, checking each other out can also spot signs of testicular cancer. 

Whatever your method, we highly recommend adding these checks to your body into your routine. Before long you’ll be doing it as a natural occurrence in day to day life and it really can make a huge difference to your health and well-being.

Please see our useful links and information for expert guidance and advice.

https://walkthewalk.org/

https://www.tenovuscancercare.org.uk/your-health/breast-cancer-signs-and-symptoms

https://www.cancersupportuk.org/

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