The Easy Way to Avoid Breast Cancer – Self-Exams

I’m sure you saw lots of pink last month because October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But just because the pink ribbons are gone, it doesn’t mean that we can stop being concerned about our health!

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women and about 1 in 8 of us will develop invasive breast cancer. Although this type of cancer also affects men, it is important to realize the risk factors associated with breast cancer: gender and age. Older females run the highest risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer.

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It is extremely important to perform self-examinations at least once a month in order to detect early signs of breast cancer. The best places to do this are in the shower, in front of the mirror, or lying down. You should use the pads of your fingers and move in a circular motion across the entire breast. Feel for any lumps (hardened knots).

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Knowing your body is a great way to identify any abnormalities. Take notice of any changes that occur in your breasts, such as:

  • swelling
  • discharge
  • redness

If anything feels out of place or strange by appearance, consider making an appointment to see your doctor for further investigation. Don’t panic if you find a lump in your breast; 8 out of 10 lumps are not cancerous. You have taken the time to examine yourself, which can save time for your doctor in finding the right treatment for you.

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The best protection is early detection.

Stay beautiful,

Tierra Thomas

PABPG, Collegiate Ambassador

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