BREAST CANCER AWARENESS
My mother Claudia was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 29. She died when she was 31. Times have certainly changed since then, but the act of self-checking is still so important and only takes a couple of minutes. Looking after our physical & emotional health is just so important, and by keeping up with daily practices of eating good wholesome food (still allowing some naughty goodies of course!), exercise and mindfulness techniques, we can do so much for our quality of life.
Life is short, make the most of it ~ Christina x
The below information has been collected from the Breast Cancer Network Australia website.
Become familiar with the normal look and feel of your breasts, and try to get used to looking at and feeling your breasts regularly. You can do this in the bath or shower, when you use body lotion, or when you get dressed. Just decide what you are comfortable with and what suits you best. Remember to check all parts of your breast, your armpits and up to your collarbone. When you check your breasts, try to be aware of any changes that are different for you.
A week after your period has ended is the best time. Before your period isn’t ideal as your breast tissue undergoes cyclical changes like tenderness and increased lumpiness. This state is not indicative of what you normally feel like, so it is important you check your breasts at the right time.
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
- A new breast or underarm (armpit) lump or lumpiness
- Thickening or swelling of part of your breast, irritation or dimpling of your breast skin
- Redness or flaky skin in your nipple area or your breast
- Pulling in of your nipple or pain in your nipple area
- Nipple discharge other than breast milk
- Change in the size or the shape of your breast
- Pain in any area of your breast
Most breast changes are not likely to be breast cancer. However, if you find a change in your breast that is unusual for you, see your doctor as soon as possible.