Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in the UK.
1 in 8 women in the UK will get breast cancer at some point in their lifetime.
Now there's some scary facts for you.
Being 34 years old I didn't really consider myself at risk. When I look at the stats I'm not at risk, or at least I'm in the 'very low risk' band. So should I be checking myself, is it worth bothering?
Yes, of course it is.
When I think about it I realise there are people who have been diagnosed with breast cancer at my age, some even younger than me, and that makes me wonder if women around my age (30-39) even bother to check themselves.
Two famous women that were diagnosed with breast cancer around my age were Kylie Minogue and Christina Applegate; both were 36. Kylie had to go through surgery and chemotherapy, and after all the treatment she survived. Christina Applegate was found to have cancer after a mammogram and ended up having a double mastectomy.
Luckily both these women found the cancer early enough to have it treated.
Some aren't as lucky.
It saddens me that 12,000 women die every year from this disease. Even in an age when medical advances are being made constantly.
I guess the point is it needs to be spotted early, and that is down to you.
You need to know your own breasts.
You need to know if there are any changes.
Do you check your breasts regularly?
Breast Cancer Now suggest taking the TLC approach.
Touch your breasts. Know what your breasts feel like. Can you feel anything unusual?
LookLook for any changes. Does the skin look different? Is there any change in shape?
CheckIf you notice any changes get it checked out by your doctor.
If you're worried about any changes in your breasts you should get it checked by your doctor but below are just a few symptoms to keep an eye out for.
You may not see them, but might feel a lump inside your breast. Even if you think it's nothing it is ALWAYS best to get lumps checked by your doctor.
Any changes in the texture of your skin such as dimpling or puckering.
Changes in the appearance or direction of your nipples.
Rashes or crusting.
Please don't be embarrassed about going to see your doctor. It may well turn out to be nothing, as you suspect, but it is better to know for sure. Putting off going to the doctor is not an option. If you spot something
GET IT CHECKED.
Glamulet, a designer of glamorous charms and bracelets, are running a fantastic Breast Cancer Awareness campaign called Pink October.
By 2050 no woman should die of breast cancer.
The aim of Pink October is to raise awareness to prevent breast cancer. For every charm bought Glamulet are donating 50% of the sales to a charity fund for Breast Cancer.
Please check out this video, it brought tears to my eyes.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could live to see the day no women died of Breast Cancer?
Spread the word either by sharing this post or writing your own. Use social media to raise awareness, using the tag #GlamuletPinkOctober.
Women young and old need to know it is important to check their breasts regularly. Learn the symptoms, look out for changes, and most importantly get any changes checked by your doctor.