October 2013 Meeting – How well do you know your breasts?

As you may or may not be aware October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so we invited two guests to our meeting to help us improve our knowledge and get better acquainted with our own breasts. (Speaking personally, it turned out that I really needed that personal introduction!)
All of us have heard to Breast Cancer, but most of ladies and gents (men can get Breast Cancer too) maybe forgetting to take the steps that may help to detect the disease in its early stages.

I hope this meeting went a long way in the right direction of raising our awareness.

Enter our first guest, … of Coppafeel, who managed to shock us with the fact that she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer at 21, while all of the Shoreditch Sisters are young at heart, some of us are numerically younger than others. The idea that you can get Breast Cancer as young as 21 drove home the point that  we all need to know our  breasts and know them well enough to spot when something is not right.

when and where should you check out your breasts, one of the places suggested is in the shower but there is no good or bad time. Coppafeel also do not prescribe how you should check, but tell us what to include in our checks.

Breast Cancer is the most common type of Cancer in Women.

47,700 women and 300 men are diagnosed with Breast Cancer each year in the UK.

So what do you do if you find anything unusual? The person you need to see  your GP. Share your worries and demand action. You know your breasts better than anyone else and because you have been checking them regularly, you  know your breasts better than your GP and will be in a better position to tell them what is normal for you.

Following a short break we all then sat down with Kelly from Rigby and Peller. The company was established in 1939 and now has over 70 years of bra fitting experience. That and the fact that Rigby and Peller were granted a Royal Warrant in 1960 by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II.

Kelly Told us that we should be getting fitted every 6 months as our bodies are constantly changing due to a number of reasons such as weight, sport, pregnancy, contraception, medication and diet to name but a few.

About 80% of women who have never been fitted are wearing the wrong size bra.

The commonest mistake that we ladies make is wearing a bra too small in the cup and big in the back.

Here are some Bra Fitting troubleshooting (until you can get yourself to a Rigby and Peller for a free bra fitting!)
You find that your bra is loose around the edges.
Try a smaller cup size.

you find that your breasts are spilling out of the front of the bra and your silhouette is bumpy.
Try a bra with a smaller back and larger cup size.

You find that your bra band is riding up at your back.
Try a smaller back size.

There are more tips from both Coppafeel and Rigby and Peller on their websites so check them out.