Breast cancer awareness month – TLC and The Great Pink Bake Off

It’s fair to say that I’ve been thinking about boobs this week. Specifically my own and their soon to be new role as a mobile buffet. Monday was the first day of my maternity leave and I marked it by attending a midwife-led breast feeding workshop. This involved six of us (plus one very uncomfortable dad and a gran who wasn’t expecting audience participation) nervously clutching large baby dolls to our bosoms whilst trying hard not to be the one who dropped our baby on the floor. All in all it was a very positive and informative session, with the over arching message seeming to be “try it, persevere, if it doesn’t work out for you, that’s fine and we won’t judge you”.

Personally, it’s what I want to try doing because (a) as a concept it seems to have worked out ok for the mammals over the past millions of years and (b) it’s free and at the end of the day I’m a bit of a cheapskate.

Anyway. Hopefully next month even more women will be thinking about their breasts because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breakthrough Breast Cancer’s range of pink products can be found all over the high street and it’s an opportunity to remind women to give themselves a little TLC.

Most cases of breast cancer are found by women noticing unusual changes, taking the initiative and visiting their doctor. The earlier breast cancer is found, the better the chance of beating it – so you can see how important it is to make regular checks.
Being breast aware simply means knowing what your breasts look and feel like normally, being on the lookout for any unusual changes and getting them checked out by your doctor.
It’s as simple as TLC…
TOUCH your breasts. Can you feel anything unusual?
LOOK for changes. Is there any change in shape or texture?
CHECK anything unusual with your doctor.
No one knows your body better than you and everyone will have their own way of touching and looking for changes – there’s no special technique and you don’t need any training.
For more information on how to Touch Look Check and changes to check for, visit

If you text SIGNS to 70500, Breakthrough will send you a credit sized TLC guide that not only includes the key signs and symptoms of breast cancer, it also includes information about what to do if you notice anything unusual.


This year, Breakthrough are also inviting people to put on their pinnies and join in the Great Pink Bake Off on October 18th (or any day in October, cake should never be constrained to just one day) by baking for friends, families and colleagues. So if you’ve been inspired by the Great British Bake Off on the telly, now’s the chance to show off your skills for an excellent cause (and have a look at this blog for an excellent round up of each episode).



Join the Great Pink Bake Off for Breakthrough Breast Cancer

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