Lumps and Bumps

Learn to check your lumps for bumps! Become one of the target 1,001 people trained in breast and testicular self-examinations over the course of just one day.

Join us on 20 March, 8am – 8pm

Women, men and non-binary friends, it’s time to get serious and learn how to check your lumps for bumps. Breast and testicular cancer are becoming increasingly recurrent within the UK and worryingly, many adults confess they still don’t know how to check themselves for the signs and symptoms of these life-threatening diseases.

Lumps and Bumps

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Did you know

Lumps and Bumps is a 12-hour collaborative event hosted by Loughborough University and Loughborough Students’ Union which aims to equip attendees with the knowledge and confidence required to check themselves. Over the course of the day, we are aiming to reach 1,001 staff, students, LUSEP campus partners and members of the community to educate them about the various warning signs of breast and testicular cancer.

Each session will showcase a range of techniques that can be used to detect these life-threatening diseases, as well as raising the profile of the vital work carried out by our charity partners – CoppaFeel! and Ballboys.

The event is open to all regardless of any prior training that you may have received. We strongly believe that refreshing your memory of what to look out for is just as important as learning the techniques and signs in the first place.

There is no restriction on who can attend the sessions and we welcome attendees to learn how to check both breasts and testicles if they wish to.

It is important to remember that early detection of breast or testicular cancer can dramatically increase the chance of survival, so we hope that as many staff, students and members of the public as possible will join us on the day.

Sarah's story: Early detection key

Alumna Sarah Dixon, who graduated from Loughborough University in 2007, is backing Lumps and Bumps as she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017 at the age of 33 and has had to undergo seven months of chemotherapy, three surgeries and five weeks of radiotherapy.

What do the sessions involve?

The sessions themselves are simple and take around 30 minutes. The format will be a mixture of presentation-led content with an opportunity to then practice technique on specialist training mannequins.

There is no need to sign up in advance of the day, please head straight to the location most convenient for you, and the staff there will register you onto the next available slot.

Members of staff

Members of staff can ask to be formally released by their line managers to take part and count the session towards their continuous professional development (CPD).


Students should register upon arrival to enable your hall to earn points towards the Hall of the Year competition!

Campus partners at LUSEP

Your nearest training location is in New Victory Hall, situated in the Holywell Fitness Centre.

Training locations

  • Room 1 - Union on the hour (starting 8am)
  • Hazlerigg - council chamber on half hour (Starting 8.30am)
  • Library on the hour
  • New victory hall – half hour
  • Roaming Pod - on the hour

Roaming Pod Route

On the hour on each of the locations:

  • Towers dining hall, Design School: 8am-11am
  • Elvyn Common Room, Student village: 11.30am-2.30pm
  • Fusion, LSU: 2.30pm – 5pm
  • The Holt: 5.30pm - 8pm

If you know others who may want to take part in this opportunity, please help us to promote the event and encourage them to attend. It could save someone’s life.

  1. Students wishing to find out more information should contact Liam Davis on
  2. Staff wishing to find out more information should contact Kirsty Wilkinson on

Additional support

Staff affected by cancer, either personally or via a family member or friend, can seek support through the Employee Assistance Programme. Students are advised to contact Student Services for emotional support by popping into the Bridgeman Building or calling 01509 222765.

Those that are worried about their health can also visit the on-campus Medical Centre or call 01509 222061. Students must be registered as patients to access any necessary treatments.

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