Lifestyle Real Issues

Why you need to check your breasts

Credit: Pablo Heimplatz - Unsplash - The Growing Up Gudie

Grab them. Touch them. Give them a squeeze, a pat and a little press. Go on. Give your boobs a nice big hand hug. Why? Because you need to know how they feel when they are happy, so you can tell when something might be wrong.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and as The Growing Up Guide is kinda like your big sister in website form, we feel like it’s our duty to get you to check your boobies.

Despite the growing awareness for cancer and medical research there is still no cure for the disease. This is why it’s extra important that you know how to spot the signs as early as possible so it can be looked at. It could be the difference between life or death.

1 in 8 women will be effected by breast cancer in their lifetime and 400 men will be diagnosed every year

It’s the most common cancer in the UK with someone being diagnosed every 10 minutes

Don’t know how to check your breasts? There’s a lot of information out there and we’ve gone through it for you so we can give you the low down.

There are a few symptoms that can help you spot breast cancer – all of which can occur in both males and females. Breast Cancer Care have a great visual guide to help you out.


Coppafeel also have a great video to help you out – don’t worry Greg James will be modelling.

Just because you notice a change in your breasts does not mean that it is cancerous. Sometimes these changes can be normal or a non-cancerous conditions. But it is always worth getting it checked out by a doctor – especially if you are experiencing any pain!

It is important to get to know your breasts and check them regularly so you know what normal is for you. This will make it a lot easier to tell if something is wrong – and it could save your life!

Don’t know when to check your boobs? Breast cancer charity Coppafeel have set up a notification service so you can get an email or text every month reminding you to give them a feel. Or you can get one of their nifty shower stickers that show you what to look out for when checking them.

If you have any worries about your breast health then Breast Cancer Care have a free hotline that you can call.





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