Today (30 April), the Check and Change campaign launches, to encourage women and men to check their bodies for signs of breast cancer when trying on clothes in shop changing rooms.
Helen Addis was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, and decided to launch the campaign following her diagnosis.
She appeared on Lorraine this morning, to discuss the launch of the campaign and raise awareness of the issue for both women and men.
Speaking to Lorraine Kelly, this morning, Helen said: “This is just something that makes it feel like it’s all been worthwhile and if it can help one person, then I feel like what I went through was actually all worth it.”
"If it can help one person then I feel like what I went through was worth it."@RealTittyGritty was diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2018. She now wants to make others aware of checking themselves with #ChangeAndCheck stickers.#Lorraine pic.twitter.com/NGbaUUJR8G
— Lorraine (@lorraine) April 30, 2019
The campaign has produced stickers to be stuck onto the mirrors of changing rooms, to remind people to check their breasts at a time when they’re examining their bodies anyway.
“It’s a time when women, and men actually, are going to be looking at themselves whilst they get changed, a bit conscious of their body maybe,” Helen explains.
“And if there’s a little reminder there to say ‘look, while you’re looking in the mirror – in the time it takes you to try that frock on – you could check yourself for signs of breast cancer.'”
John Lewis, David Lloyd, Monsoon and Asda are just a few of the brands that have signed up to have the stickers installed in their changing rooms.
The symptoms of breast cancer vary, depending on each person, but there are some signs to look out for.
Lumps and swelling in the breast are quite common symptoms, and should be looked at by a doctor urgently. Lumps in the armpit should also be consulted.
Discharge of any kind and the inversion of a nipple can also be a sign of an underlying health issue.
You should also look out for any dimpling, rashes or redness on the surface of the breast, and any pain at all should be checked out immediately.
If you’re worried about any of the symptoms above, make sure to make an urgent appointment with your GP. Postponing a visit to the doctor won’t postpone the effects of cancer, and the sooner it is caught, the sooner you can begin treatment and start to beat the disease.
**Cover image credit to @Lorraine on Twitter**