Regular breast checks can save your life
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and we at OPTIPHI® believe that regular checks are critical to the health and wellbeing of every woman. Regular self-examination of your breasts makes it easier to detect any changes. We cannot stress enough how monthly Breast Self-exams and regular Clinical Breast Examinations can save your life.
According to CANSA, Breast Cancer is the most common cancer affecting South African women – 1 in 35 women in South Africa will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer (NCR 2007). Many breast lumps are harmless, but they should all be checked.
Symptom-free women from the age of 40, should go for a mammogram (a special x-ray to detect lumps in the breast) at least every 3 years.
Here are 3 easy steps explaining how to perform a breast self-examination in the comfort of your own home:
Step 1: Look in the Mirror
Look for any changes in the contour, any swelling, dimpling of the skin, or changes in the nipples. Do this with your arms:
- At your sides,
- Raised in the air
- With your hands on your hips with your muscles flexed.
Look for any dimpling, puckering, or changes, particularly on one side.
Step 2: Check each breast while standing up
Move your fingertips around your entire breast and armpit area in a circular pattern moving from the outside to the center. If you discover any lumps, thickening, or hardened knots make an appointment to see your doctor.
Step 3: Lying down
When lying down, the breast tissue spreads out evenly along the chest wall. Place a pillow under your right shoulder and put your right arm behind your head. Using your left hand, move your fingertips around your right breast gently in small circular motions, covering the entire breast area and armpit.
Use light, medium, and firm pressure. Squeeze the nipple; check for discharge and lumps. Repeat for your left breast.
There is no better feeling than loving your skin and body!
OPTIPHI® is designed to suite your unique skin needs, and is the perfect solution to healthy, balanced, refined and radiant looking skin. Nothing compliments beautiful skin like a healthy body. Regular Breast Self-Exams and Clinical Breast Examinations are a critical part of your health regime. Visit http://www.cansa.org.za to find your nearest CANSA Care Centre to get more information on testing.