Three years ago my mum was diagnosed with breast cancer. Just two years after my dad passed away. I was devastated, and could not believe that the nasty disease wants to take my other parent away from me too. I knew I had to be strong for her to help her get through the fight and stayed positive to support her the best way I could.
I am so pleased to say that my mum battled very bravely and is clear now. Of course, the scare of it coming back is always going to be here, but we don’t want to think about it. I am not letting horrible cancer take my mum away.
We all think it’s not going to happen to us, but unfortunately, that’s not true for all of us. That’s why it is so important to keep checking your breasts. If there are any signs of changes, go and see your GP. Better now than late and be sorry.
As Eluned Hughes, Head of Public Health and Information at Breast Cancer Now, says: “Knowing how your breasts look and feel normally, being on the lookout for any unusual changes and getting them checked out by your doctor is so important, as we know that the earlier breast cancer is found, the better the chance of successful treatment.
No-one knows your body better than you and everyone will have their own way of touching and looking for changes – there’s no special technique and you don’t need any training.
It doesn’t matter when you check your breasts, as long as you check them regularly. It’s good to get in a habit of regular checking and making it part of your weekly or monthly routine. It also doesn’t matter where you do it –in the shower, getting ready for bed, after a workout, or while watching TV.
“Two thirds of breast cancers are detected through women noticing something unusual and checking it with their GP. Most breast changes turn out not to be cancerous, but we encourage women to make an appointment with their doctor and get anything unusual checked as soon as possible.
Why check your breasts?
Early detection and diagnosis of breast cancer is vital. Knowing the signs and symptoms of breast cancer can help you understand what breast changes to look out for, as the earlier breast cancer is found the more likely treatment is to be successful.
Check your breasts regularly and be aware of the signs and symptoms to look out for using this guide, TLC – Touch Look Check.
It’s as simple as TLC…
Touch your breasts. Can you feel anything unusual?
Look for changes. Is there any change in shape, colour or texture?
Check anything unusual with your doctor. If you spot any unusual changes to your breasts, it’s important to get checked out by your doctor as soon as possible.