When did I first become aware of breast cancer?
My mum used to have lots of female friends, all strong, feisty and humorous Northern lasses. I think I was about 12 years old when it seemed that several of her friends started getting breast cancer. I did not know what breast cancer was but I knew their were hushed tones and a sense of lack of hope. Too many lovely women died too young.
Do I check my breasts?
As I got older, I knew I should be checking my breasts. Gone are the days when nobody mentions the C word. The media covers breast cancer regularly. However, because I did not get taught how to check my boobs at school/college and did not have a sister to show me the way, I never really did the checking thing. I sort of relied on my fella to do the job for me.
When did I start to check?
I paid more attention to my boobs when my Mum was dying from cancer. Hers was not breast cancer but it does give you a wake-up call when cancer enters your family life. I found a lumpy bit and got it checked out with my GP. I felt embarrassed about asking her to take a look but she was obviously very used to doing such things. There was no cause for concern and she gave me a bonus of saying I had remarkably good boobs for my age.
One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast during their lifetime in the UK, while 1,000 women die from the disease each month in the UK . How many women do you care about? Do the statistics – scary right?
Only 2% of women know the five most common signs and symptoms of breast cancer. Do you?
There are 3 things I want you to do
Head to: http://www.tlcguide.org/bl/ for your FREE guide on touching, looking and checking your breasts.
Share that link to help raise awareness of breast cancer signs.
Join in the Twitter party on Friday this week (19th October 2012) from 1-2pm with @BreakthroughBC and @BritMums
Write a blog post about breast cancer and link it up here. http://www.britmumsblog.com/2012/10/breakthrough-and-touch-look-check/ If you can tag your blogger friends to do the same, that will be very much appreciated too.
To get the ball rolling, I am tagging
@aresidence @chickenruby @helloitsgemma @thinlyspread @Older_Mum @Glasgow_Mummy @michelloui @missielizzieb @gertieandginger @downsideup