October is the world wide month for Breast Cancer Awareness. Every year trying to increase awareness and hoping for a cure to be found one day. This gives an opportunity for us all to focus on this life draining disease and its impact on those affected by it. Breast cancer is becoming common day by day but yet many people are aware of it and they neglect to do check ups and make sure they are safe.
No one likes to talk about the possibility of death despite the fact it is inevitable. Statistics show that 1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer. So why take the chance and not just get tested?
It’s pretty simple if you do not like hospitals. Here is how you can do a self check up for atleast a little insight:
- Begin by looking at your breasts in the mirror with your shoulders straight and your arms on your hips.
- Now, raise your arms and look for the same changes.
- While you’re at the mirror, look for any signs of fluid coming out of one or both nipples (this could be a watery, milky, or yellow fluid or blood).
- Next, feel your breasts while lying down, using your right hand to feel your left breast and then your left hand to feel your right breast. Use a firm, smooth touch with the first few finger pads of your hand, keeping the fingers flat and together. Use a circular motion, about the size of a quarter.
- Finally, feel your breasts while you are standing or sitting. Many women find that the easiest way to feel their breasts is when their skin is wet and slippery, so they like to do this step in the shower. Cover your entire breast, using the same hand movements described in step 4.
Because October is over does not mean the fight for breast cancer is over. Let’s keep fighting and hoping.