Checking Yourself

Checking yourself for Breast Cancer

Breast cancer can affect any body. Getting to know yours could save your life. Anyone can be affected by breast cancer, but a quarter of young people don’t realise they are at risk.

Know your body, know it’s quirks, know how it changes, and if you notice something unusual for you, speak to your GP. Knowing what’s normal for you means you have the best possible chance of early detection, and early detection saves lives.

It can feel like there’s a lot to learn when you've never checked before, or don't have much experience of it. But CoppFeel have some simple tips and easy-to-use tools to help you get to know what’s normal for you.

Check out Coppafeels complete guide on how to check your boobs and what you should be looking out for or visit their Self-Checkout.

Breast Cancer Screening Programme

The NHS offers screening to save lives from breast cancer. Screening does this by finding breast cancers at an early stage when they are too small to see or feel. Screening does not prevent you from getting breast cancer.

Breast screening uses an X-ray test called a mammogram to check the breast for signs of cancer. It can spot cancers that are too small to see or feel..

All women aged 50 up to their 71st birthday are invited for breast screening every 3 years. We send out first invitations to screening some time between your 50th and 53rd birthdays.

It is rare for men to have breast cancer, so they are not invited to be screened as part of a national screening programme.

Find out more about about the NHS breast sceening programme on the Government Website and at Cancer Research UK  

Cervical Cancer Screening Programme

Book Cervical Smear

Cervical screening is a free test available on the NHS as part of the national cervical screening programme that helps prevent cervical cancer. It checks for a virus called human papillomavirus (HPV) and, if you have HPV, cervical cell changes (abnormal cells).

All women and people with a cervix aged 25 to 64 are automatically invited for cervical screening by letter.  

It is your choice whether to go for cervical screening. For more information to help you make the best decision for you and your health visit Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust.

Bowel Cancer Screening Programme

Bowel cancer screening can save lives. Screening aims to detect bowel cancer at an early stage, when treatment has the best chance of working. 

The bowel cancer screening programme in the UK use a home test kit, called a faecal immunochemical test (FIT), to collect a small sample of poo and send it to a lab. This is checked for tiny amounts of blood.

Everyone aged 60 to 74 who is registered with a GP and lives in England is automatically sent a bowel cancer screening kit every 2 years. The programme includes 56 year olds. If you're 75 or over, you can ask for a kit every 2 years by phoning the free bowel cancer screening helpline on 0800 707 60 60.

Always see a GP if you have symptoms of bowel cancer at any age, even if you have recently completed a NHS bowel cancer screening test kit – do not wait to have a screening test.

For more information about Bowel Screening visit Bowel Screening UK.

Checking yourself for Testicular Cancer

From puberty onwards, it is important to check your testicles regularly. Testicular cancer is usually always cured but it is easier to treat when it is diagnosed early.

Checking for testicular cancer is sometimes called testicular self-examination. Doing this regularly means you soon get to know what feels normal for you. A normal testicle should feel smooth and firm, but not hard.

To make sure that you catch any changes, it’s really important to regularly check your testicles. It’s up to you when you do it, though most people find it easier to do in the bath or shower.

Check on Macmillan Cancer Support's Guide for how to check your testicles.