Cancer is not something that any of us want to think about or contemplate. It is a truly horrible thing that we all feel safer ignoring because the alternative is considering when it might touch us.
And the sad truth is, it could touch us. Any one of us. It doesn't matter how healthy you are or how lovely you are because cancer doesn't care about any of that. And so, anything that we can do to protect ourselves from any kind of cancer is entirely worth doing.
At present, over 2000 cases of breast cancer are diagnosed at stage 4 each year. There is no stage 5.
Breast cancer is a cancer that we all know exists and most of us even know someone who has been affected by it. So why is it that more than 2000 people die needlessly every year?
Knowing your boobs and checking them regularly is the best way to catch cancer early. It can, very literally, be the difference between life and death. A small lump that has just formed can be cured with relative ease. A large lump with cells that have spread to the rest of your body, sadly, cannot.
I think it is quite a British thing to not talk about our bodies or to allow ourselves to become familiar with them. Boobs are just as much a part of our bodies as our arms and legs and yet, we seem to try and forget about them.
CoppaFeel! is a charity dedicated to preventing this from happening: to encouraging us all to coppafeel and potentially save our own lives. They specifically target young people, developing healthy attitudes that can be carried through life. They educate people as to how to check themselves and how often to do so (the more often the better!), whilst reminding people that breast cancer is not exclusive to females. They even offer a reminder service for those of us who are a little too scatty to remember to check regularly.
Feeling your boobs won't cure cancers. It won't change the world. But, if anything, it means that you can feel safe in your body because you know what it's like. And so, should anything untoward appear, you can do something about it.
To find out more about the CoppaFeel! campaign, click here.