This October we are again taking part in the Change & Check campaign (and so is our logo!), as part of this we wanted to tell you all a little bit more about how this campaign started and why it’s so important. This campaign was set up by Helen Addis (also know as @thetittygritty), Features Editor for Lorraine ITV, after her own experience being diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. Through this amazing campaign, Helen aims to help more people know what to look out for in order to get an early diagnosis.
Helen was inspired to do this while in chemotherapy, and after speaking to family and friends she found out that most people she knew weren’t checking for breast cancer or didn’t know what to check for. Now cancer-free, Helen wants to make sure as many people as possible know what to look for and how often/when to check.
Along with this sticker (that you can download here), Dr Hilary has shared his step-by-step guide to checking your breasts – you can watch via their website and make a note of the steps below.
The signs and symptoms you’re looking for are:
How to check:
Dr Hilary advises that menstruating women check their breasts following their period each month. For menopausal and post-menopausal women, pick a date each month that suits you.
If you notice anything unusual, see your doctor or nurse as soon as possible. Early diagnosis could mean a better chance of successful treatment.
Lorraine ITV has challenged us to get involved in Change & Check, so we did! Now we challenge you – visit our social channels to see how to get involved.