It's October...That means it is time to THINK PINK!! Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Yesterday I read the news where Guliana Rancic, TV host of E! News was diagnosed with breast cancer, however, it was detected during the first stage.She discovered she had breast cancer by accident.Lucky her!! Guliana and Bill was going for their doctors appointment for an IVF to help her get pregnant and her doctor insisted she did a mammogram before he starts the treatment.And they detected her cancer.
Not many of us can be as lucky as she was.During an interview with E! by Ryan, Guliana mentioned that she is only 36 and it never corssed her mind to get a mammogram check at this age. But who knew…she found it before it got worst. I am sending out all my love to Guliana & Bill in her recovery process.
But even as for me, I only do self body check after my period. Which I am freaking out a bit now after Guliana's story. Maybe we should all get a mammogram check once a year.Just…in case…. I actually have an aunt,(my dad's sister in law) who died of breast cancer way back ago. She found out about it when it was too late and she never considered undergoing treatment *sigh* According to the family, she mentioned something about how god only can save her so no use doing treatment etc. (don't really remember the exact words it was like 10 years ago) but still...
It's sad to know someone who knows someone who knows someone who is diagnosed with breast cancer. Especially the ones at stage three. I think every girl, lady or woman should know a thing or two about breast cancer cause "1.3 million women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year and 400,000 of them will die. Many of those deaths are preventable through early detection and treatment. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it is the top cancer in women both in the developed and the developing world." Breast Cancer Welfare Associate
Remove all clothing above the waist and look at yourself in the mirror. This should be done in a well lit room.
Check your breasts in 4 positions:
|Look for changes in shape, outline, colour and texture of the skin and nipple. Check the position of the nipple and squeeze it to look for any discharge or bleeding.|
2 LIE DOWN
Now lie flat on your back with a pillow or a folded towel under the LEFT shoulder. This allows your body to arch and the breast tissue to spread out. Use your right hand to examine your LEFT breast while you place your LEFT hand behind your head. The area from under the collar bone till the bra area must be examined.
3 FEEL YOUR BREASTS
Keep your fingers together and use the flat part of 3 fingers to feel the breasts. Move your fingers in small circles about the size of a 20 cent.
Press gently but firmly, feeling for lumps or thickening of tissue.
Imagine your breast as the face of a clock. Start at 12 o'clock and feel along the boundary till you return to your starting position. Move down a finger's width and repeat in smaller circles till you reach the nipple. Push this aside and feel under and around the nipple. You may find a ridge of firm tissue under the breast. This is normal tissue that helps to support your breast.
You may prefer to cover the area to be examined by proceeding up and down in vertical strips.
4 YOUR UNDER ARM AREA
Now move your left arm down to your side. Examine the breast tissue that extends into your armpit.
5 THE OTHER BREAST
Now place the pillow under the RIGHT shoulder and using your left hand repeat the steps on your RIGHT breast.