My life long friend Sian talked to me about recognising the symptoms of cancer. She made me promise that I would be more aware than she had been and that I would check myself.
I didn’t know it at the time but it was the last conversation I would ever have with her. I kept my promise to her and I started checking my boobs monthly.
Ten months later I found a pea sized lump in my left breast, I was 48. It turned out to be breast cancer. The tumor was aggressive and it had already spread to my lymph nodes. I had three surgeries followed by six months of chemotherapy and then twenty radiotherapy sessions. I am currently in remission.
Statistics say that 1 in 8 of us will get breast cancer. We cannot stop the cancer starting but we are all able to take our life in our own hands by getting to know our boobs so that we can recognise any changes and act on them straight away.
Breast cancer can be detected early in most cases and early detection can ensure less invasive treatments and more importantly a better chance of kicking cancers arse.
I am so lucky that my friend Sian took the time to talk to me and get me to make that promise.
I am now asking you to make that promise and get to know your own boobs. Call them what you like, bazookas, knockers, fun bags, jugs, just get your hands on them and check them out. Remind your mother, sister, daughter, friends and the men in your life to check theirs out too.
Lets keep talking about BOOBS!
Jackie Israel Jones