The best way to fight cancer is to detect it early, yet a recent study showed that a third of all women are not regularly checking their breasts, and 20% have said they don't know how. We'd like to improve those numbers!
Once you know how, checking your breast for any signs of abnormalities can be a quick and easy part of your routine. You can even do it in the shower as you get ready for your day. Here are some helpful tips and tricks to get you started:
- Perform a self-check once a month, but also initially try to check your breasts at different times throughout the month. Your cycle can affect the way they feel and look, so it's good to know what's 'normal' for you.
- When performing the self-check, examine the entire breast area, including your underarms and right up to your collarbones. You can raise your arm on the side that you are checking to make this easier.
- Gently use the pads of your fingertips to feel for any abnormalities, moving in up-down, semi- circular and circular motions across your breasts.
- Take a look in the mirror for visible lumps and bumps, any changes in skin colour of texture, and changes in nipple shape or abnormal discharge.
If you notice any abnormalities or changes, we encourage you to visit your local healthcare provider for a check-up.
Breast Awareness means simply knowing what's right for you; being aware of how your breasts normally feel and your monthly rhythm could help you to detect anything unusual quickly. The more we check our breasts for any signs of abnormalities and encourage our friends to do the same, the better the chances are of catching cancer early and stopping it in its tracks.
THEIR PERSONAL CANCER RISK, SCREENING NEEDS, AND TREATMENT OPTIONS SHOULD DIRECTLY CONSULT WITH A HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL.