From facing everyday challenges to acing multiple roles, the life of a woman comes with barriers, both social and personal. If not in heels, they're always on their toes, catering to the needs of her family and colleagues. Between this busy schedule, they barely find the time to lookout for themselves. And this not only affects their health, but also paves the way for a common, fatal disease.
Breast cancer is on the rise.
A recent study shows that 1 in 4 women suffer from this life-threatening disease. And the primary reason for the explosion in number is due to the lack of awareness and support. While conversations about this disease exists, it is still considered a taboo to talk about topics that involve breasts.
It's time to talk.
We always tend to have conversations that size up the women in our lives. On several occasions and special days, it's only them we talk about. Now, let's do what really matters. As a partner, friend, colleague, sibling, or even a relative, it's up to you to start the discussion and #SizeItUp. Let's start by talking to women in our lives. After all, awareness is the key to fighting breast cancer.
Breast cancer is a cancer that forms in the cells of the breasts. This genetic disease can occur in both men and women, but it's far more common in women. The cancerous cells spread through the breast to lymph nodes or to other parts of the body. These cells start dividing rapidly and continue to accumulate, forming a lump or mass.
There are several factors that cause breast cancer. Some cannot be avoided, like family history, and some lifestyle related.
There are various type of breast cancer and most of them share common symptoms. A few of them being:
Breast cancer can’t be prevented, but you can take three important steps to help detect it earlier. 3 Steps to Early Detection can increase your chance of finding breast cancer before it spreads.
Once A Month
Adult women of all ages are encouraged to perform breast self-exams at least once a month.
How Should A Breast Self-Exam Be Performed?
Using the pads of your fingers and move them around your entire breast in a circular pattern. Move from the outside to the center, checking the entire breast and armpit area. Check both breasts each month for lumps, thickening, or hardened knots. In case of any changes, get the lumps evaluated by your healthcare provider.
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, but a few do. So look for any dimpling, puckering, or changes, particularly on one side.
When lying down, the breast tissue spreads out evenly along the chest wall. Place a pillow under your right shoulder and put your right arm behind your head. Using your left hand, move the pads of your fingers gently around your right breast in a small circular motion, 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 as well.
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