PSA – CHECK YOUR BOOBS*
*or pecs – this involves everyone! Checking your boobs/pecs regularly might just save your life!
- 1 in 8 women will be affected by breast cancer in their lifetime.
- Around 400 men are diagnosed every year.
- Breast cancer is still the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women under 40
- Every year in the UK, around 5,000 women under the age of 45 are diagnosed with breast cancer.
I don’t mean to bring you down with the facts and figures but it’s really important to be aware of your body no matter what age or sex. Its also super important to remember that it can happen to anyone and it’s not just hereditary! This isn’t to scaremonger you, it’s to bring awareness.
Let’s talk about inherited vs acquired DNA mutations:
Normal breast tissue cells can become cancerous through mutations in the DNA. Genes are made up of DNA and some genes give “instructions” for how our cells function. So when DNA becomes mutated, this can lead to gene mutations that alter cell function.
Some DNA mutations can be inherited (passed down from your parents). This kind of mutation means that the mutations are present in all of your cells when you are born and some of these mutations may increase risk of certain cancers. For example, breast cancer can be hereditary due to a mutation of the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene. In normal cells these genes help to make proteins that repair damaged DNA but when mutated they can lead to abnormal cell growth.
Whereas acquired DNA mutations are exactly that, it means that the mutation(s) take place in the breast cells during a person’s life rather than being inherited. If 2020 has taught us anything it’s to really get clued up on our health!
So let’s repeat after me:
I promise to check my boobs/pecs regularly
I promise to know what’s normal for me
I promise to look and feel
I promise to check my collarbone and armpits
I promise to if in doubt get it checked out
I promise to get clued up on the signs of breast cancer
Information gathered from coppafeel.org please go check out their amazing website with loads of info about how you can check your boobs/pecs & you can even get text reminders every month for free!
Thanks so much for reading this post, I hope you enjoyed it.
See you in the next one,