This is how we do it.
Let's start with some questions. Who do you think can get breast cancer and at what age? I wonder how many of you said just women over 50...
In reality, breast cancer doesn't discriminate. No matter how you identify, your ethnicity, or how old you are, breast cancer can affect everybody. There is a misconception that younger people can't be affected, when in truth, around 2,300 women under the age of 39  and 400 men are diagnosed in the UK each year .
How is this misconception being tackled? Well, that's where CoppaFeel! come in.
CoppaFeel! is 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 through ensuring early and correct diagnosis. Our mission as a charity is to encourage, educate and empower, through 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.
CoppaFeel! was founded back in 2009 by Kris Hallenga and her twin sister Maren, after Kris was diagnosed with incurable breast cancer at the age of 23. They were struck by the limited information that was available for young people informing them about the risks and symptoms of breast cancer. Armed with a desire to ensure no one else was left in the dark about the disease, Kris and Maren started CoppaFeel! and, 13 years later, we are still reminding everyone to get to know their normal and check their chests.
Signs and Symptoms
Now that you have an understanding of who CoppaFeel! are, let's get down to the really important stuff; knowing the signs and symptoms of breast cancer.
Firstly, it's crucial to point out that boobs, pecs and chests come in all different shapes and sizes and therefore it's vital for each person to get to know what is normal for them. With this understanding, should anything feel or look out of the ordinary for your body, you will feel empowered to know when it's time to call the GP.
Secondly, be aware of what to look out for! There are a number of signs and symptoms that could be an indication that something isn't quite right and needs medical attention. These include; lumps and thickening, changes in skin texture, swelling under the armpit, sudden change in shape or size, and nipple discharge. CoppaFeel! have lots of handy resources (such as the one below) to help.
We recommend familiarising yourself with these signs and symptoms and take time to get to know your chest. Knowing how they feel month to month will aid you in knowing if it's ever time to seek advice.
CoppaFeel! and 'Live Through This' Signs and Symptoms Checking Resources. For more information, visit coppafeel.org .