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So yes, today is officially National No Bra Day. It’s not one of those silly vacuous fads which routinely travels the web (National Punch Self in Face day, National Eat Live Spiders day etc etc) no – this one serves a purpose AND is titillating (pun intended).

The point of NNBD is to raise awareness of Breast Cancer, as part of Breast Cancer Awareness month. On Twitter, NNBD is trending like crazy – #NoBraDay – women everywhere are stripping off their bras and proudly posting pics of boobs on the loose. Mostly under clothing but there are a few going the whole hog and inadvertently creating National No Jumper/Sweatshirt/Blouse or T-shirt day as well.

For those of us ladies who are bestowed with the more generous bust, or to put it plainly, Bloody Big Tits, there is nothing quite like getting home and removing ones brassiere. In fact, I’m already unclasping the back with one hand while I’ve got the key in the door with the other. Sorry, I shouldn’t be so elitist about this – you don’t need to have Bloody Big Tits to appreciate the relief from removing a bra. I just love not wearing a bra. In fact, I also like removing my knickers as well, but that’s another story and I’ll have to wait for National No Knickers day to tell you about that.

I have a vague discipline about No Bra however – I won’t go out in public without wearing a bra, for fear of causing a trip hazard. I would feel compelled to carry them around in my hands or cradle them under my arms like a couple of babies and that would just look weird. My other rule is that I have to put my bra on for some of the day when I’m working from home otherwise I feel like I’m not organised, ready for work and might be ill.

But anyway, whether you like wearing a bra or can’t wait for that sense of relief when it comes off, let’s not forget the point, or a couple of points, of today.

1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the UK – 31% of cancers diagnosed in women are breast cancer. 1 in 5 cases of breast cancer are in women under 50.

Screening normally takes place in the UK for women between the ages of 50 and 70. Self examinations are important, and simple routine self-checks are simple to do and quick. These can be done in the shower, bath, bed, while dressing etc. It’s important to check all parts of your breast, from under your armpit and up to your collar bone.

Here’s a diagram for signs to look for in changes to your breasts. If you are concerned about any f these signs or symptoms, then visit your GP as soon as possible.

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Useful Links:

Breast Cancer UK

Breast Cancer Care

Cancer Research