Today, we’re talking about your boobs. Yes, your boobs. Specifically, making sure you’re checking them regularly for any of the following:
- A hard lump on the breast or underarm.
- Dimpling on the skin’s surface.
- Changes in the nipple (Perhaps your nipple is retracting inward, you have some redness or swelling, you notice any discharge, or maybe just a change in the overall appearance… These are all things to look out for)
- Any unexplained change in the shape or size of the breast.
- Any pain or tenderness that won’t resolve.
Why? All of the above symptoms are characteristic to breast cancer. Chances are, you have a story to share about breast cancer. If not one of your own personal battle with it, it’s that of a loved one. That’s because breast cancer is extremely prevalent among women. Studies show that 1 in every 8 women will develop breast cancer throughout her lifetime. That’s 12% of women. Breast cancer also happens to be ranked the 2nd leading cause of death in women.
Ladies, early detection is key. About half of diagnosed breast cancers are actually detected after performing a breast self-examination. If detected early, the five-year survival rate is more than 93%. So make sure you’re checking yourself out on the regular. It doesn’t have to be this big ordeal. You can do a self-exam while blowdrying your hair in front of a mirror, while lying down on your phone checking your emails, or while bending over in the shower shaving your legs. Just rub in circular motions and don’t forget to check beneath your underarms, as well.
Here is my favorite resource for information about Breast Cancer is BrightPink.Org. They offer in depth statistics and picture-guided steps on how to perform self-examinations. Also, I text PINK to 59227 to receive Breast Health Reminders monthly. It’s easy to forget to do your regular checks, so it’s helpful to have a reminder going.
I wish you all the best of health and hope you have a wonderful day wherever you are!