Body image is the picture in our mind of how our body looks and works. It’s how we think and feel about our bodies and how we believe others see us.
Our body image is important. It’s linked to our feelings of self-worth and how we think others value us.
Cancer and its treatments can change your body and how you feel about it. Because of this, body image concerns are common in people affected by cancer. Women and men at any age can have body image concerns.
Changes to your body may be temporary or permanent. They include changes that can be seen by you or others, such as hair loss or weight gain. They also include changes that are more private.
Body image concerns are different for everyone. Some people may feel uncomfortable or unhappy about their bodies. Others may feel so anxious they avoid going out or socialising. Sometimes body image concerns can make you feel less feminine or less masculine.
There are things you can do to improve your body image. There are also different ways to get help and support.