Most of us have a general awareness that we should be checking our boobs, but the reality is often quite different. Life gets in the way, right? Too often, we prioritise other things over and above our health. The frightening statistic that all of us are likely to know someone with breast cancer during our lifetime should be enough to shock us all into action. And yet sometimes it isn’t? So, what’s the problem? Why aren’t enough of us self-checking?
Breast Cancer Awareness
Half of the problem is that we darned forget. The other half can be put down to plain ignorance, thinking that ‘it won’t happen to me’, or sometimes a fear of what we may find also puts us off. In truth, self-checking leads to early diagnosis and better survival rates.
There’s also a common myth that breast cancer isn’t pertinent until the older years. Perhaps that’s reinforced by the fact that mammograms are mainly given to the over 50s age-group. Shock, horror, you might be surprised to hear that breast cancer doesn’t actually respect age or even gender. In fact, it can also be found in men (around 400 cases per year) and around 5% of all cases are found in the under 40s. Hereditary factors only account for 10% of cases, whilst most people have no family history of breast cancer.
That’s why it’s critical that each and every one of us knows what feels normal. Yep, there’s only one thing for it. Get up close and fully acquainted with your boobs and pecs.
Check Your Boobs for Breast Cancer
With all that’s gone on in the past year, life feels really precious. It’s a good time to have an honest conversation on the topic of breast cancer. Sure, it’s not exactly a subject that any of us relishes and frankly, we’d rather bury our head in the sand. Surely, we owe it to ourselves, our daughters, sons, husbands, friends and all of our loved ones to look after our health though.
We’ve got to break through the barriers that prevent even the savviest of us from carrying out monthly self-checks. Why? Because a monthly boob check saves lives. That’s all.
Coppafeel! Who Needs to Book Check?
You’re never too young to begin checking. Coppafeel!, a breast cancer charity carried out research on this and the results were startling. They discovered that only 29% of women between the ages of 18-35 check their boobs monthly.
As routine screening doesn’t begin until later in life, it's therefore vital for those not captured within the screening system to self-check. Even for those having mammograms, which only occur around every 3 years, you should still boob-check regularly in between screening.
Remembering to Boob Check
Admit it, the heart of the matter is that most of us forget. Coppafeel!, aware that this is often the case, addressed this need and came up with some brilliant measures to spur us all into action.
First up is their monthly text reminder service. It’s ridiculously easy to sign up. Click here, then complete your name and telephone number. They’ll send you a code, you add it into the registration details and hit the ‘Remind Me’ button. It takes about 30 seconds to do. A small action but a massive investment in your health.
If you’re more of a visual type, try using a Coppafeel! boob check reminder sticker. Perfect for the shower, these remind you at the most convenient time to do it. Not just that, but with their wonderfully cheeky watermelon design, there’s no doubt it’ll bring a smile to your face.
Even better, for a limited period, you get two free boob check reminder stickers with Scentered’s Mini Love Aromatherapy Balm. Or why not treat yourself to 6 Mini Love Aromatherapy Balms for the price of 4 (includes two free boob check stickers) and share the love with your friends and family.
Love is a warm, romantic blend that stimulates the emotions to enhance sensuality and emotional connectivity. It’s a sensual, woody oriental scent, with spicy citrus top notes of Orange and Clove, and heart-warming floral Rose and Ylang Ylang notes, all wrapped in the rich base notes of grounding Patchouli, Vanilla, Cedarwood & Cabreuva. It’s comforting. It’s warming. And It’s like giving yourself a metaphorical hug.
With the additional benefit of the boob check reminder stickers, It’s the perfect gift to yourself or to a much-loved friend, son or daughter, or a young man or woman that you know. Give the gift of knowledge and awareness. They may just thank you one day!
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