As October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, it's probably only fitting that we discuss breast self-examination. Having said that, we should really be aware of our breasts and taking care of them all year round.
Our team has been working with Bosom Buddies, a South African based cancer support group run by survivors, for 2 years now, as well as with Buddies for Life, the magazine publication specifically for breast cancer patients, survivors and the supporters around them.
Breast Cancer affects more women than we are probably aware of, and it doesn't discriminate, so any woman of any age, race or creed can be affected. Below are a few facts about Breast Cancer in South Africa:
Early detection saves lives, so here is a few things to do and to watch out for:
Stand in front of a mirror, firstly with your hands on your hips and secondly with raised arms and look at your breasts checking for the following:
The next test is also done in two stages and maybe be easiest when the skin is wet. So while you are in the bath or shower.
It is recommended that you check your breasts at least once a month, and generally when you are menstruating. Your gynaecologist should also do a breast exam during your yearly check-up and if you are concerned please chat to them about doing a mammogram. Should you notice any abnormality that were described above, or feel any lump of any kind, please see your Doctor as soon as possible and get this checked.
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