October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to ensure that we do our part MagLYFE will be sharing with you throughout the month some very important information about Breast Cancer in an effort to raise awareness and to encourage persons to join the fight and show support.
Breast cancer can occur at any age, but women between the ages of 45 – 54 are mostly affected. 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. To ensure that you’re protected, it’s important to have annual mammograms and monthly self examinations. A breast self-examination is very normal and it involves checking your breasts to help detect breast problems or changes. Women themselves are sometimes the ones who first detect breast problems. Breast lumps can be noncancerous (benign) or cancerous (malignant).
Today, our focus is Breast Self Examination. Here are three simple ways to do a breast self examination.
1. Stand in front of a mirror – Visually inspect your breasts with your arms at your sides. Next, raise your arms high overhead. Look for any changes in the contour, any swelling, or dimpling of the skin, or changes in the nipples. Next, rest your palms on your hips and press firmly to flex your chest muscles. Left and right breasts will not exactly match—few women’s breasts do, so look for any dimpling, puckering, or changes, particularly on one side.
2. Lying Down – When lying down, the breast tissue spreads out evenly along the chest wall. Place a pillow under your right shoulder and your right arm behind your head. Using your left hand, move the pads of your fingers around your right breast gently in small circular motions covering the entire breast area and armpit. Use light, medium, and firm pressure. Squeeze the nipple; check for discharge and lumps. Repeat these steps for your left breast.
3. In the Shower – Using the pads of your fingers, move around your entire breast in a circular pattern moving from the outside to the center, checking the entire breast and armpit area. Check both breasts each month feeling for any lump, thickening, or hardened knot. Notice any changes and get lumps evaluated by your healthcare provider.
Early Detection Saves Lives!
Also the Cancer Institute of Guyana is asking persons to observe Pink Day tomorrow, October 4, 2013. Wear Pink and show your support!