If you feel unhappy about your breasts – you might feel that they’re too large or too small, or be unhappy about a host of other variables – then you are certainly not alone.
But new research has revealed that women who are dissatisfied with the appearance of their boobs are less likely to carry out self examination, and also more likely to delay visiting a doctor if they notice anything unusual.
The study conducted by Professor Viren Swami, from Anglia Ruskin University, found that 31 per cent of women would like smaller breasts, while 44 per cent would prefer theirs to be larger.
What’s more, 33 per cent of those questioned for the research admitted that they rarely or never carry out self examination.
Professor Swami stressed that not being happy with your breasts shouldn’t be a reason to avoid checking them.
He added: “Promoting greater breast awareness may be a useful means of helping women view their breasts in more functional terms, rather than purely aesthetic terms.”
Breast Cancer Care is already running an awareness campaign to help more women learn about the lesser known signs of breast cancer.
Health information officer at Breast Cancer Now Dr Tom Beattie told the Huffington Post that regularly checking your breasts is important regardless of your age, because “the earlier breast cancer is found, the more likely treatment is to be successful”.
“In most instances, any changes found are not cancerous, but it’s so important all women know the signs and symptoms to look out for, and to have anything unusual checked out,” he said.
If you do have a mastectomy as part of your breast cancer treatment, that can knock your body confidence too – but there are plenty of incredible women out there who can inspire you. Among them is Laura Hunter, one of 30 breast cancer patients who were selected to participate in Breast Cancer Care’s London Fashion Show to raise awareness of the illness.
We offer a selection of mastectomy clothing to help you feel at your best.