oldie but a goodie: I touch my breast...

Written by GeGe


When I think about you (breast cancer), I touch my breast…

October is breast cancer awareness month. This is not limited to the US, black, white, or purple. Breast cancer and its awareness are worldwide from the most developed to third world countries. Breast cancer can affect any woman therefore, every woman needs to be well informed on how to perform an at home breast examination which can be the earliest detection of any abnormalities.

Get know your breast!!

Yes they look great in that push-up bra however, be familiar with how your breasts look and feel. Being familiar helps you to notice changes such as lumps, new pain or tenderness, or changes in size. These things may not be of any concern. Nonetheless, by recognizing that something is different, you can bring that information to the attention of your medical provider.


How it’s done1:


In The Shower Fingers flat, move gently over every part of the breast. Check for any lump, hard knot or thickening.





In The Mirror Inspect your breasts with your arms at your sides. Next, raise your arms high overhead and look for any changes in contour of each breast, a swelling, dimpling of skin, or changes in the nipple. Then, rest palms on hips and press down firmly to flex your chest muscles. Left and right breast will not match exactly—few women’s breasts do. Regular inspection shows what is normal for you and will give you confidence in your examination.



Lying Down To examine your right breast put a pillow or folded towel under your right shoulder. Place your right hand behind your head—this distributes breast tissue more evenly on the chest.





With your left hand (fingers flat), press gently in small circular motions around an imaginary clock face .Begin at outermost top of your right breast for 12 o’clock, then move to 1 o’clock, and so on around the circle back to 12. A ridge of firm tissue in the lower curve of each breast is normal. Then move in an inch, toward the nipple, keep circling to examine every part of your breast including nipple. This requires at least three more circles.

Now slowly repeat the procedure on your left breast with a pillow under your left shoulder and left hand behind head. Notice how your breast structure feels.



Finally, squeeze the nipple of each breast gently between thumb and index finger. Any discharge, clear or bloody, should be reported to your doctor immediately







GeGe’s Recommendations:

1. Do this at least once a month around the same date and time. Avoid times during your menstrual cycle as our breast tend swell and/or be more tender around that time of the month.

2. Tell your friends, aunties, mother, and coworkers and ask them to do the same- let’s make and keep each other accountable for our health.






Reference:

1. Self Breast Exam

http://ubcf.org/your-health/self-breast-exam/

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