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Coppafeel Founder Stresses Importance Of Breast Checks

The co-founder of charity Coppafeel Kris Hallenga has been talking to ITV News about the importance of understanding the signs of breast cancer and regularly checking your breasts – whatever your age.

Kris was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer nine years ago at the age of just 23 and went on to set up Coppafeel with her twin sister to raise awareness of the symptoms of breast cancer among young people.

She told the news provider that she believes establishing the charity has helped keep her alive.

Coppafeel’s aim is to educate young people about breast cancer, how it could affect them and how they can look after themselves.

The first symptom of breast cancer that many people notice is a lump or thickening of their breast tissue, but there are other signs to watch out for as well, including pain in your breast or armpit, a change in the size of your breasts, a lump or swelling in your armpit, a blood-stained discharge from your nipples, a change in the appearance of your nipples or a rash in this area.

Regardless of your age, if you notice any of the above signs you should book an appointment with your GP, the news provider stressed.

Melanie Sykes is just one celebrity who has been sharing the message about getting regular checks for breast cancer once you get older. The 47-year-old recently shared a topless photo of herself to promote the fact that she was going for screening.

Of course, screening is important, but so is finding the best way to live well with cancer and to enjoy life once you are in remission. If you need help finding mastectomy swimwear, contact us today.

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Research shared at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium this month has revealed that overweight or obese women who lose weight can significantly reduce their risk of developing breast cancer.

The Telegraph reported on the study, which was carried out by researchers in the US who tracked over 61,000 women aged between 50 and 79 for 11 years.

They found that women who lost five per cent of their body weight cut their risk of breast cancer by 12 per cent, while postmenopausal women who slimmed down by 15 per cent saw their chances of developing the disease drop by 37 per cent.

Dr Rowan Chlebowski, lead researcher and part of the Department of Medical Oncology and Therapeutics Research at City of Hope in Duarte, California, told the newspaper that this study indicates a weight loss strategy can be effective in lowering the risk of breast cancer among postmenopausal women.

“Relatively modest weight loss was associated with significant lowering of breast cancer incidence,” he asserted.

Chief executive at Breast Cancer Now Baroness Delyth Morgan explained that reducing your body fat levels after the menopause also reduces the oestrogen levels in your body, with lower oestrogen levels known to reduce your risk of developing breast cancer.

Meanwhile, Cancer Research UK recently highlighted findings from an unpublished study which found that more intense chemotherapy doses can cut the risk of early stage breast cancer returning after treatment.

If you’re battling breast cancer and are looking for mastectomy swimwear, come to us to find something that’s the perfect fit.

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She told the publication that she was diagnosed after discovering a pea-sized lump in her breast. Jacqueline has undergone 30 sessions of chemotherapy and had a lumpectomy, and while she won’t get the official all-clear for another two years, she explained that she’s recovering and was told that the cancer was gone in April of this year.

When she received the diagnosis, Jacqueline came up with a strategy for coping with the illness, which included only telling her close friends and family about her diagnosis.

The 57 year old explained that she didn’t want people to treat her differently while she was undergoing treatment, which is why she kept it secret.

“I’m lucky I’ve lived a charmed life, but we’re all equal when it comes to health; no matter how hard you’ve worked or how fortunate you are, it doesn’t discriminate,” Jacqueline told the magazine.

During her treatment, she altered her diet, cutting out sugar, meat and alcohol, as well as practising yoga and doing early-morning workouts to help keep her strength up.

Of course, chemotherapy affects people differently, so it’s important to only do what you feel able to. Breast Cancer Care points out that even small amounts of gentle exercise, such as walking, can make you feel more energised though, so it’s worth doing even a little if you can.

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How To Find The Best Wig For You

After battling breast cancer, you may be left feeling unconfident, especially after a mastectomy – that’s the whole reason behind our range of mastectomy clothing. Getting a good fit is the least you deserve to try and make the whole process a little bit more comfortable and bearable.

It’s not just your clothes, however, but if you’ve undergone chemotherapy and want to wear a wig, getting just the right style can make all the difference. For most people, it’s a whole new world, so The Health Site has de-mystified the process.

There are three different types, or levels, of wigs that you can buy. The most expensive are lace-front wigs. This type blends with your natural hairline with the use of makeup and can be almost undetectable in this area. Monofilament wigs are another type, which are handmade and look natural whilst also allowing your scalp to breath. The last and the most affordable option are machine-made wigs, which are widely available and the most common type many cancer-sufferers will buy.

Make sure you do your research and find something that is not only comfortable, but fits perfectly. Spend some time trying on lots of different choices until you find one (or even more) which works for you. Different skin types may react differently to certain types of wigs, so consider that too. If looking online, search for customer reviews as these always give an honest insight.

However, a full wig isn’t the only option. Another lightweight option to try, so great if you are having hot flushes, is a light weight head scarf with a velcro fringe so you can change your look.

Regular washing is required to maintain a wig’s lifespan. One top tip is to use a fabric softener rather than standard conditioner as it works wonders. Also look into the right temperature your wig can stand if using a hairdryer, as machine made wigs can be delicate when exposed to heat.

Norwich Charity Provides Boosts For Breast Cancer Patients

A Norwich-based charity is hoping that care packages will provide a boost to women being treated for breast cancer at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH).

Little Lifts is the brainchild of Oa Hackett, 31, who underwent six rounds of chemotherapy at NNUH after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014.

She set up the charity because the care packages and gifts her friends and family sent her gave her a boost during her gruelling treatment.

The Norwich Evening News revealed that Ms Hackett’s efforts now mean that every woman undergoing treatment for breast cancer at NNUH will receive a little pick-me-up box including small gifts and edible treats, all of which have a purpose.

Speaking to the Eastern Daily Press last month, she explained why she thinks these care packages will help.

“It makes you remember you’re not alone,” she stated, revealing that receiving small gifts from friends and family throughout her treatment reminded her that they were still thinking of her, even if their lives carried on as normal.

If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer and are undergoing treatment, you should think about the benefits that exercise can have for you.

One of the items in the Little Lifts box is a pedometer, to encourage people to keep walking during their treatment, and a recent study suggested that regular exercise can be a good way to take the edge off the side effects of cancer treatment.

Swimming is a good low-impact exercise and one that you can take at your own pace. Take a look at our mastectomy bathing suits if you’d like to get in the pool to aid your recovery.

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