Most of the women will have healthy breasts for the whole of their lives.
However because of the concern over breast cancer and the percentage of breast cancer worldwide many women take this very seriously which is a positive sign. They prefer regular checkups, self-examination and screening. .
There are two important ways to look after your breast health
1) Practice breast awareness
2) Attend a breast screening program when invited or at personal level
Gives you a sigh of relief…
Breast awareness is about feeling empowered to be more aware of any changes in your breasts by simply looking and feeling. There is no set way to do this. It just depends how you feel comfortable, in the bath or shower or when dressing, when standing or lying down. This should be part of your everyday routine and not done at any set point of the month or a specific number of times.
Get to know what’s normal for you
If you know how your breasts look and feel at different times, you’ll understand what is normal for you and it would become easy for you to recognize.
There is no such thing as ‘standard’ breasts. What is normal for one woman may not be for another. You will even find that your own two breasts are different from each other. Your breasts may also look and feel different at different stages of your menstrual cycle, when some breasts feel tender or lumpy.
Be aware of changes
Checking your breasts is not only about looking for any abnormal lumps but there are other important changes that you should be aware of too. These include:
A change in the size or shape of your breast
A change in the skin – particularly dimpling or puckering
A change in the appearance of the nipple or a discharge from the nipple
Breast pain that does not go away after a period
Lumpy areas or thickening of the breast
If you notice any of these changes must ask your doctor about them as soon as possible. They will probably be harmless but your doctor will be able to reassure you.
Most of the time you find a lump or any other change it is not serious and can be easily treated if needed. If it should turn out to be cancer then there is a very good chance of successful treatment.
Early detection further enhances the chances of successful treatment. . So to be aware of your breast health is very much important and it will sooth you too.
There is not a set pattern for breast awareness routine but there are many avenues from where you can get information. Such as click here and www.breastcancercare.org.uk