Inflatable boob arrives in Salisbury's Guildhall Square

Inflatable Boob 1 (Faye Marsh)

6:43am 11th October 2016
(Updated 11:33am 11th October 2016)

You might stumble across a giant inflatable boob in Salisbury's Guildhall Square today (Tuesday October 11th) - yep, you read that right!

A 10 foot tall (3 metre high) breast, that we can walk through, is being blown up from 7.00am this morning by the Inflatable Body Organs (IBO) company.

It's here as part of an awareness month throughout October and it's also a fundraiser for the Stars Appeal and their Breast Cancer Unit campaign at Salisbury District Hospital.

Inflatable Boob 3 (Faye Marsh)

The boob will be in town until 3.00pm with people on hand inside to tell us about things like checking ourselves for problems.

Angela Dean is a health adviser for the Salisbury based company that created the body part and says there are plenty of things we ought to watch out for:

"People know that breast cancer is about lumps and bumps, what they don't appreciate is that it could be a dimpling of the skin, it could be an eczema type rash, it could be an inverted nipple that's gone a bit crusty, or it could be something that only shows up on a mammogram."

And she says it's a useful tool to get families talking about the issue of breast cancer:

"When they go in together, what we try to do is get the parents to actually explain to the children that when they get to puberty, if they start examining their bodies, knowing what their bodies feel like, look like and how they function, then if anything did happen throughout their lives, and unfortunately there is a chance, there'll be so on the ball that they'll spot any changes really easily and get early diagnosis if there is a problem."

BREAST CANCER: THE FACTS

  • 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with the disease at some point in their lives
  • The disease affects men too
  • Incidence rates have risen to 90% in women and 60% in men in just one generation

TAKE A LOOK INSIDE: 

Bringing the giant blow up boob into Salisbury's Guildhall Square could help breast cancer patients in more ways than one.

Inflatable Body Organs wanted to both raise awareness of the signs and symptoms to watch out for, but it's also been a fundraiser for the Stars Appeal at Salisbury District Hospital.

Angela Dean from IBO explains why they want to support the charity:

"This is our home town and we all live in and around Salisbury, it's our local hospital. Touch wood none of us have had to use that facility as yet, but if we did, this would be the place we'd want to come. They're going to have this wonderful breast cancer unit, we need to keep all those aftercare services and all the extra little things that the NHS can't pay for that are really needed if you're a patient or a family member of a patient, that the Stars Appeal raises money for."

Anna Aertssen, Consultant Breast Surgeon at Salisbury District Hospital and Joint Chair of the Stars Appeal Breast Unit Fund said:

"We are delighted that the team at IBO have chosen their local Breast Unit to benefit from their fundraising at this unique event. The new Breast Unit is nearing completion and the vital funds they raise will help to provide the best possible service and support to the many thousands of local breast patients that my colleagues and I will treat there."

If you want to support the idea, there's an online fundraising page too - you can find that at www.justgiving.com

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