World Health Day 2018 Following on #WorldHealthDay, we wanted to talk about the importance of accessing the health services available to support you with any breast changes that could possibly lead to a diagnosis of breast cancer. We want to tell you how Breast Cancer Haven can support you through tough and uncertain time in your life and concerns around breast cancer diagnosis. So why do some women not check themselves? Body Image Body image is still a great issue in today’s society, with many women constantly worrying about what they consider to be their ‘imperfections’. Breast appearance is a massive part of this and believe it or not, this can affect your health. So why does the appearance of our boobs, bosoms, bust, whatever you want to call them, affect our health? Well, research has shown that women who are not satisfied with the appearance of their breasts are less confident about checking themselves for any abnormal changes which could be a sign of breast cancer. Although it is perfectly normal to compare ourselves to those we see on TV, billboards, adverts and magazines, it is important to remain focussed on the natural function of breasts and how being aware what is normal for us is important for our overall health and wellbeing. Fear It is natural to have a fear of breast cancer especially if you know people who have gone through this illness. Many women adopt the ‘if I don’t look for changes, I won’t be able to find any’ approach. In spite of our fears or cultural taboos that we may experience, it is important to care for your body and ensure it gets what it needs to live well. Remember, the old saying is true; your body is a temple. What happens if you find something unusual? It is important to remain arrange an appointment with your GP. Self-diagnosing is never a good idea and can often lead to great levels of stress which is not good for your health. It might not be anything to worry about but it is important to get a medical professional to check it out to make sure. If test results come back detecting some unusual behaviour, become familiar with the support that is available to you. This can be emotional, physical and practical support which can be provided by our team of healthcare professionals at Breast Cancer Haven. Our community at Breast Cancer Haven ensures that each woman receives the support that treatment alone can’t. Our tailored packages are designed to help you through tough times and can include a variety of different therapies and assessments such as one-to-one counselling for you and your family, massages, acupuncture and stress reduction exercise classes- all proven to support your body whilst undergoing treatment. Breast cancer is a battle that shouldn’t be fought alone and Breast Cancer Haven is right by your side if you need us. Book your first appointment at your local Breast Cancer Haven centre today.