When’s the best time to check your boobs?
This month, we’re supporting CoppaFeel! – the first breast cancer charity in the UK that works to create awareness among young people.
Too many women, and men, die of breast cancer due to late detection. Currently over 2000 cases are diagnosed at stage 4 each year – there is no stage 5.
This is why CoppaFeel! are on a mission to get EVERYONE checking their boobs, regardless of age or gender!
Early detection is key in beating breast cancer, which is why it’s important to examine your breasts on a regular basis. This helps you to understand what feels normal for you and to alert you to any changes – however, your period can make your boobs feel different to any other time of the month.
The right time of the month
Thanks to our favourite hormone duo – oestrogen and progesterone – breast ducts can become enlarged mid-cycle, while just after your period, the milk glands in your boobs can grow.
Not only do these hormones make your breasts feel tender, but they can only change the way they feel. They may feel denser to the touch and also lumpy.
This is why it’s good idea to only do a self-examination of your breasts a week after your period.
Know the symptoms!
Now you know when – and you’ve added it to your calendar, right? – what’s the best way to examine your breasts? Well there is no right or wrong way, you just need to cop a good ole feel.
The lovely guys at CoppaFeel! have put together this really useful guide in the signs and symptoms to look out for. If you notice any of these, book in a visit to your GP pronto!
Don’t forget, it’s not just about how your boobs feel, but how they look too, so keep an eye out for changes in skin texture, such as puckering and dimpling, or strange rashes.
The boob checking fun doesn’t stop there though! Encourage all your friends and relatives to get checking on a regular basis.
For more information on CoppaFeel! – including how you can get involved – visit their website.