Breast Cancer is a serious thing ladies and gents (yes… I said it: GENTLEMEN)
For those ladies and gentlemen that do not know about breast cancer, it is just as serious as any other cancer that you could have. Many people take this cancer lightly and don’t believe in it’s consequences, especially the gents. Contrary to common belief: men can also get breast cancer and it is just as serious in both sexes. The size of the breast makes no difference. You cannot possibly deduce that because ladies have larger breasts that their cancer is more serious. And ladies, having implants does not reduce your chances of developing breast cancer.
I have looked around on the Internet to find a website that explains breast cancer really well and I feel that The American Cancer Society website explains it perfectly. The link is below for anyone that I interested in reading further on breast cancer.
One of the most common ways to aid in the detection of breast cancer is the breast self-examination (this should not replace clinical breast examinations).
Steps of the self-examination:
1. Stand in front of a mirror and inspect both breasts for anything unusual (such as discharge from the nipples, dimpling, or scaling of the skin).
The next 2 steps are designed to emphasize any change in the shape or contour of your breasts.
2. Watch closely in the mirror, clasp hands behind your head and press your hands forward.
3. next, press your hands firmly on your hips and bow slightly towards your mirror as you pull you shoulders and elbows forward.
I recommend that you do steps 4 and 5 in the shower as the hand moves smoothly over soapy skin and you will then be able to concentrate on the texture underneath.
4. Raise your left arm use 3 or 4 fingers of your right hand and explore your left breast firmly, carefully, and thoroughly. Beginning at the outer edge, press the pads of your fingers in small circles, moving the circles slowly around the breast. Work your way toward the nipple. Be sure to cover the entire breast. Pay special attention to the area between the breast and the armpit, including the armpit itself. Feel for any unusual lumps or mass under the skin. Repeat this on the other breast.
5. Gently Squeeze each nipple and look for discharge.
6. Steps 4 and 5 should be repeated lying down. Lie flat on your back and raise your right arm above your head with a pillow or folded towel under your left shoulder. This position flattens the breast and makes it easier to examine. Use the same circular motion as described earlier and repeat this for the left breast.
What you are looking for in your self-examination:
During a self-examination you are looking for any unusual lumps under the skin, any discharge from the nipple, and any size abnormalities of the breast.
I recommend that you, both ladies and gentlemen, do your regular checks and that if you are unsure about what you are feeling for during your self-examination, utilize the opportunity of going to have your free check done at a local GP. (Please don’t take this message to your local GP and demand a free check. This free check is subject to participating medical clinics and hospitals, so please check with your doctor that the facility does offer the free check). A self-breast examination should not replace clinical breast examinations, it is simply there to aid in detecting breast cancer sooner.
In support of breast cancer, I have done what I feel I do best: Nail Art.
I bought this colour especially for this nail art, and I am pretty much in love with it. It is so bright and playful and I think it stands out for breast cancer awareness.
Breast Cancer Awareness Day is on the 25th of October 2013. Show your support.