Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, let’s take a look at Breast Self-exam and how important it is for your wellbeing. Doing regular breast examinations on your own is something we advocate strongly for women of all ages. Early detection and intervention of Breast Cancer increases the odds of treating it successfully.
Every woman should be intimately aware of how their breasts look and feel. When you ‘know’ your breasts well, it becomes easier to spot any sudden changes in them. The easiest way to conduct regular breast self-checks is when you’re in the shower. Take your time to feel your breasts, your armpits and even your collarbone regions. It is also important to double check by looking in the mirror as you can sometimes spot changes that you may not necessarily feel (such as changes to the shape or size of the breasts).
Typically, you need to look out for any unusual changes to your breasts such as a lump, changes to the size or shape of your breasts, Changes to the shape of your nipples, thickening in the breasts or painful knots in the breasts.
It is important to note that there might be slight changes to your breasts depending on changes to your hormone levels as a result of your monthly cycle. Heaviness, tenderness and darkening of your nipples are all changes that might occur as a result of pregnancy or PMS. So, if there are any changes to your breasts, please do not panic and make any hasty conclusions.
Most women have lumps in their breasts that turn out to be benign (non-cancerous). So, if you do find a lump in your breast, do not panic. Simply book an appointment and consult with your doctor. Chances are that it’s benign and nothing to worry about. But it’s always better to be safe and do the right thing so you can get definitive answers and don’t have to stress out over it.
Surprisingly, yes. It’s a little-known fact that both men and women have breast tissue. Although uncommon in men, Breast Cancer does affect 1 in 675 mean. If you’re a man and you notice any unusual changes in your breasts, please see a doctor immediately.
Remember, anyone can get Breast Cancer. It’s not just older women who’re affected. So, whether you’re a young woman, older woman or a man, being vigilant and proactive is the best way to catch Breast Cancer early and treat it. At Narooma Medical Centre, we offer Breast Cancer Screening. To find out more, get in touch with us at 02 4476 5588.