A little bit out of our remit; but something that is SO important.
Boobs, tits, breasts, jugs, baps…we could go on. Quite frankly, whatever you call them, they’re brilliant. One of the biggest joys in life is fondling a lovely pair of breasts so for October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2012 we’re celebrating healthy, happy boobs and encouraging you to fondle yours (and your partner’s!)
Here’s some facts about Breast Cancer (source: Breast Cancer Care website)
- Every year around 50,000 people are given the diagnosis that they have breast cancer in the UK.
- Although far more prevalent in women, 300 men are diagnosed with breast cancer within the year. Men should be checking themselves for any changes in their chest too.
- Aside from being female, the other biggest risk factor is unfortunately age, so up to 80% of new diagnoses are in women over the age of 50.
- Treatments have vastly improved over the years, but sadly around 12,000 people in the UK die of breast cancer.
- Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in the UK and certainly the most common in women.
- Celebrities like Kylie Minogue, Cynthia Nixon from Sex and the City, Sheryl Crow and Olivia Newton-John have all had breast cancer.
However, there is some good news. Caught early, breast cancer can be extremely treatable and around 85% of sufferers survive longer than 5 years after diagnosis and around 78% 10 years.
It’s all frightening stuff though. Which is why Breast Cancer Awareness Month encourages us all; women and men to check our breasts, chests, nipples and underarms for any sign of change. By getting to know your body intimately if something does change, you’ll notice it much sooner and give yourself a much better chance of getting it treated in time.
It’s really very simple though to remember to check yourself. Heck, we all have to touch that area in the shower anyway- why not quickly have a feel to see if anything has changed? You’re feeling for lumbs, bumbs or sore bits and looking for any change in colour, size, skin tone/texture or anything else ‘weird’ for you.
Then what? Go. To. Your. Doctor. ASAP. Don’t leave it. It’s likely that any lumps are cysts or fat deposits, but there’s always the chance that you’ve noticed a cancerous build up. The longer you fret and put off going to a doctor, the longer the ‘cancer’ has a chance to grow. If it is in fact cancer. It could be nothing. Your Doctor won’t care if you’ve booked an appointment for a lump that turns out to be for an ingrown hair- they just don’t want anyone to get cancer. So go get it checked out!