Emily Andrea urges people to check their breasts monthly after Sarah Harding’s tragic death
Emily Andrea has urged people to check their breasts for any lumps, bumps or changes regularly, in the wake of Sarah Harding's tragic death from breast cancer.
In her latest OK! column, Emily, who is a qualified doctor, also praises the late Girls Aloud star for speaking publicly about her cancer battle, and shares her thoughts on the government's new botox crackdown.
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It still doesn’t feel real that Sarah Harding is no longer with us. She seemed like such a fun, outgoing and lovely person who had so much life ahead of her. It’s incredibly sad.
There are people of all ages dying of cancer every day, which is why the work of charities like Cancer Research UK is so important, as well as charities like CoppaFeel!, who encourage women to regularly self-examine their breasts.
By Sarah’s bravery in talking about her diagnosis, I just hope that some younger women may feel empowered to start examining themselves.
After Jade Goody passed away, there was an increase in the amount of women getting smear tests – so many women would have been saved after seeing Jade’s journey.
It takes such courage to share your most difficult moments with the world in order to inspire others, and I admire anyone who can do that.
You should check your breasts once a month. Ideally, around the same time every month, a few days after your period ends so your breasts are less likely to be swollen or tender.
Also, changes in hormone levels can impact how your breasts feel. If you feel a change, then please don’t hesitate to go to your GP.
IT’S SHOCKING THAT SO MANY UNDER 18s HAVE HAD BOTOX
Health minister Nadine Dorries has announced that Botox treatments will be banned for under 18s after 41,000 cosmetic procedures were carried out on people under 18 last year. This is a shocking statistic.
Any reputable clinic should take your details during the consultation including your age, medical history and allergies before deciding whether cosmetic treatment is suitable.
Botox requires a prescription that is specific to the individual, and part of writing a prescription includes documenting the person’s age.
Botox can be used to treat medical conditions like excessive sweating, but it is very unusual for it to be warranted for cosmetic reasons for someone in their teens.
I think pressure from TV and social media may be pushing teens towards cosmetic treatments. Whatever your age, I’d urge you to research the clinic and ensure staff are fully qualified.
In other news, I have helped launch a mental health app called MENTOR360, as one of its professional mentors. I was so excited to get involved as I feel we still don’t talk about mental health enough, and there can still be a stigma surrounding it.
The app can help you work on specific areas in your life you want to improve, such as your sleep or motivation, or help you work towards another goal. There are many resources on there which can cater for everyone.
MENTOR360 doesn’t replace professional help and you should reach out if you’re struggling, but I hope that for some who are thinking about seeking advice, the app might help them reach that decision sooner.
A GOOD DECISION
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The Government is planning to increase the storage time for frozen eggs, sperm and embryos from 10 years to 55 years. I think this is a really good move and will provide people with more choice over their fertility.
There are all sorts of reasons why people freeze their eggs or sperm. It could be because of upcoming surgery, or women may be unable to become pregnant for a variety of reasons.
To me, 10 years was a rather short period of time – especially if you freeze your eggs, sperm or embryos at a young age. Although 55 years
is a big leap, I don’t think it’s a bad thing as it means everyone is given a choice about their family planning, no matter what their age is.
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