So, in (belated) honour of World Cancer Day which was last week on February 4th, #1 on the list is:
'How to Give Yourself a Breast Exam'.
“Forty percent of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who feel a lump, so establishing a regular breast self-exam is very important.” ~ National Breast Cancer Foundation
Yep ladies, by now you should know the importance of regular breast examinations and even though after 40 you get the chance to go for regular mammograms you still need to be doing this check EVERY month. I know it can be easy to forget or might feel a bit weird or embarrassing but you know what, by 40 we really shouldn't feel embarrassed about our body anymore. Think of all the things it's got you through, let's show it a little love and self-care.
Below is a great little video that talks you through what to do step-by-step. I'm sure that, like me, you know at least one person fighting cancer, perhaps a family member or a friend, or, again like me, someone who didn't win their battle. With the latest statistics indicating that 1 in 2 of us may get cancer at some point in our lives let's make sure we are doing everything we can to take charge of our own health. Early diagnosis means early treatment and that ladies means a massively increased chance of beating cancer. So what are you waiting for...
~ unusual shape, size or colouring of breast/s
~ dimpling, puckering or visible lumps/swelling on the breast/s
~ inverted nipple or change in position
~ redness, soreness or rash
~ any fluid coming out of the nipple
~ any lumps you can feel under the skin of the breast/s
Remember that the best time to do a breast exam is a few days after your period ends. Just before your period your breasts can be a little lumpy or tender so this is not a good time to do a self-exam. You should do a breast exam every month.
You can read more about doing breast exams and a bit about mammograms here
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