A woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer last year is encouraging Dacorum residents to control themselves and know their breasts so they can catch the disease earlier.
Georgie-May Tearle, who has now completed active treatment, has become Boobette for the CoppaFeel charity.
The Boobettes are a group of young people who have been affected by breast cancer and are ambassadors for the breast cancer awareness charity.
Georgie-May explained: “It’s just knowing your normality, I think a lot of people are afraid to check just in case.”
She said: “It’s just a nice, safe environment to have a conversation with someone who might know how you feel.”
Together with artist and Dacorum Arts Hub curator Anna Schofield, Georgie-May organized a full month of fundraising and awareness events for residents.
Based at the Dacorum Arts Hub in Marlowes Shopping Centre, Georgie-May will lead art workshops and talks on how to know how your body feels, to spot signs of cancer in breast tissue.
Georgie-May said: ‘I’m just here to educate them and encourage them to check themselves out and obviously if there’s anything they eventually have to go to their GP but it’s just the encouragement to check.
“Knowledge is not scary. We are not looking for cancer.
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These sessions are not reserved for women, men are also invited.
Although breast cancer is rarer in men, around 390 men in the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, according to Macmillan Cancer Support.
Here is the schedule of events for this month:
This Saturday (October 15) there will be a Georgia O’Keeffe-inspired painting workshop at 10:30 a.m. and a “Know Your Normal” talk at 2 p.m.
Next week (October 15) at 2 p.m. there will be another Breast Checking Lecture, Q&A and Bead Bookmark Workshop for Families.
Dacorum Arts Hub Gallery is hosting a month-long fundraiser for the Look Good Feel Better and Coppa Feel charities, with free and paid events taking place throughout October.
At last week’s launch on October 8, over £300 was raised during the Life Drawing course.
For more information and to book an event, visit this page.