With over one hundred thousand breast Cancer cases appearing every year, it is safe to say that many women are at risk of developing breast cancer.
Research has it that 1 out of every 8 women is going to develop breast cancer in her lifetime. And as much as the men would want to do a happy dance, they are not exempted as well, as 1 out of every 870 men will have to deal with breast cancer in his lifetime.
This is the breast cancer awareness month, again, where efforts are made to increase breast cancer awareness in every part of the world.
The purpose is to make sure that more women and men are sensitised on the issue of breast cancer and taught everything they need to know about breast cancer.
As usual, the important message of self-check, early detection and messages to clear the stigma surrounding breast cancer hits the air.
Early detection has saved lives, and has greatly reduced the death toll caused by breast cancer over the years and that is why you are advised to do a monthly self-check to know what your ‘normal’ breasts feel and look like, so that when something abnormal shows up, you can tell that it is abnormal.
It is true that not every lump found in your breast is as a result of breast cancer, it might be something else, something that is not dangerous at all. But you would never know unless you check, find it, and have it taken out.
How to perform a self-check.
Look at your breast in the mirror: Your breasts should naturally have a specific size and shape that you are used to. Look at them in the mirror for something out of the ordinary, something different.
Does it look bigger? Is one side protruding? Has the nipple changed position? Is there a red patch on your breast? Does a certain part look saggy? Check for these while staring at your breasts in the mirror.
Raise your hands above your head and stare at your breasts in the mirror again: Do a slow turn to both sides while doing this. You are checking to see if the breast part closer to your armpits have a lump or a different look. Also, see if there is any kind of liquid at all coming out from your nipples.
Lie down and start feeling your breasts: Use the left hand to feel the right, use the right hand to feel the left. Use your first four fingers and go in a slow, smooth, firm circular motion from your collar bone, to the top of your breasts, to the sides, to the bottom, to your armpit. Make sure you are firm to the point where you can feel your ribcage from below your breasts. Cover the whole of the breasts including the nipple area with this movement.
You are checking for lumps, no matter how small.
Sit up, and repeat step 3.
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Whatever abnormality you find in your breasts during this check, should be reported to a medical centre, immediately!
While it might begin to sound like a broken record, breast cancer is dangerous, and sometimes, it does kill. And even when it doesn’t, it takes a huge chunk of your life away, and all of these can be avoided only if you detect it early. Be aware!
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