Tuesday, 15 May 2012
A fortnight ago, several intrepid Dames made a trip to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham to take part in a rehearsal for tonight’s Embarrassing Bodies Live from the Clinic (Channel 4, 8 pm). They’ll be checking their boobs with Dr Dawn live via skype and we want rollergirls all over the country to check along with us!
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women – about 46,000 cases are diagnosed in the UK each year. Your chances of getting breast cancer increase with age, but there’s no reason not to be familiar with your body now. Knowledge is power, after all – and if you know what’s right and what’s wrong for you, and check yourself regularly, you’ll pick up any problems that much sooner.
Violet Attack, Roisin Roulette, Awesome, Queen of Heartless, Saintly Sin, Razor Red and Michebe Mayhem went along to the studio at the Queen Elizabeth to run through the checks they’ll be doing tonight. Alles Klar will also be joining them this evening. The studio is in the old wing of the hospital and Attack reports that getting there is feels like you’re walking through the set of a zombie film. No zombies were hip-checked in the course of the rehearsal.
Attack was, of course, the person volunteered to have her boobs checked by Dr Dawn, who remembered the Dames from the previous times we’ve been featured on Embarrassing Bodies. Also rehearsing in the studio were ladies from the Made for Life Foundation, Made for Life Foundation some of whom are breast cancer survivors. The Made for Life Foundation supports people with cancer, and recently produced a naked charity calendar featuring women who have had breast cancer.
So, come on, rollergirls! 1 in 9 women will be affected by breast cancer at some point in their lives. We’re getting our boobs out on TV; all you have to do is check along at home. Get familiar with your boobs and give yourself that little bit more control over your health. And nearly 300 men a year are diagnosed with breast cancer, so if you and your y chromosome merby, ref, NSO or support, you should check along too. Visit the Embarrassing Bodies website to find out more.