At the ripe old age of 23 Kris discovered a lumpy boob. After heading straight to her local GP- she was dismissed, the lumps put down to ‘hormonal changes’ due to her young age. However, after months of travelling the lumps remained. It wasn’t ‘hormones,’ it was advanced stage four cancer that had by now spread from her breasts to her spine.
It is seemingly easy for us to dismiss breast cancer as an older woman’s disease. We think of it as something that can affect our mothers, aunts, distant cousins but never ourselves: men seem to forget they have breasts at all. It is a stark reality that we continue to hold at arms length. With 1 in 8 women being diagnosed with breast cancer, Kris’s charity CoppaFeel! aims to raise cancer awareness and to encourage the younger generation to maintain their health by getting well acquainted with their tits. More than 90% of women diagnosed with breast cancer at the earliest stage survive the disease for more than 5 years compared to 15% of women diagnosed with the most advanced stage. Self-care is the key to ensuring that if the worst does happen, you give yourself the best chance of recovery!
There is no prescribed way to bond with your boobies, but it is important to check them regularly and to seek medical advice if you notice anything unusual. It only takes 5 minutes (that's less than an ad break on 4oD if your shitty student wifi regularly freezes) and is an ideal shower activity. If you're particularly forgetful, or your life is generally a mess, CoppaFeel! also run a free service that sends regular reminders directly to your phone or email. (links below)
There’s no excuse really- so get fondling