Body image concerns stopping women from checking for breast cancer signs: study

(Rachel Moss/ HuffPost UK) — Women have complicated relationships with our breasts, from worrying they’re too small, too big, too uneven or too saggy – and it’s affecting our health.

New research has found women who are dissatisfied with the appearance of their breasts are less confident about detecting a change that could be a sign of breast cancer.

What’s more, they’re more likely to delay seeing their doctor if they do detect a change in their breasts than women who feel body-confident.

As someone who dreads bikini season and actively avoids looking at their (almost non-existent) boobs in the mirror, I understand such hesitations.

I’m ashamed to admit that I never check my breasts for potential signs of cancer, but this study has been a wake-up call.

We need to stop the aesthetic value we place on our breasts impacting how we value their worth. Making that internal shift could be life-saving, so, how do you do it? (…)

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