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Why young people should check their chest regularly

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Emma Forsyth

Health Information Manager, CoppaFeel!

No matter how you identify, what your ethnicity is or how old you are, breast cancer can affect everybody.  


Breast cancer awareness for everyone 

CoppaFeel! wants to give everyone the best possible chance of surviving breast cancer. We are the very first (and only) charity in the UK whose purpose is to speak to young people about breast cancer. We exist to give all people the best chance of surviving breast cancer by ensuring early and correct diagnosis.  

Our mission is to encourage, educate and empower by raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer and equipping people with the tools and knowledge to seek advice should they notice a change in their body’s normal look and feel. 

Everyone’s breast tissue is under their armpit and up to their collarbone, so it’s important to check the whole area.

What we mean by breast/chest awareness 

We want people to be looking and feeling. Everyone’s breast tissue is under their armpit and up to their collarbone, so it’s important to check the whole area. Check roughly once a month. Have an awareness of breast cancer signs and symptoms while getting to know what is normal for your body.  

You can literally check your chest anywhere:  

  • In the shower  
  • Through a T-shirt, while watching TV  
  • Laying down, just before bed  
  • Putting on moisturiser or before your tanning routine  
  • In front of the mirror to help when looking for changes  

What if you find something unusual in your chest? 

If you notice any changes, get in contact with your GP, and book an appointment to discuss your concerns. There are resources available to help equip you with the knowledge and confidence to be prepared when going to the doctor, should you need to.  

Remember, getting to know your body could save your life! The earlier breast cancer is diagnosed, the better the chances of survival — which is exactly what we want to achieve.  

CoppaFeel!’s Self Check-Out tool is the perfect place to go, as it will take you through the whole checking process interactively and clearly. To support CoppaFeel! and join us in our mission to get everyone to know their boobs, pecs and chests, visit coppafeel.org.  


Statistics from Cancer Research UK and Breast Cancer Now

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