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Did you know, there’s the possibility that one in eight women will be diagnosed with Breast cancer.

And in 2015, there was diagnosis of 15,740 new cases of the disease. The risk of you being diagnosed with breast cancer increases by 10% if you have a mother, sister or daughter who has been diagnosed with it. However, survival rate stands at 90% when detected in its early stages.

Here is a step-by-step to learn the symptoms and check yourself for changes. You are never ‘too young’ to have breast cancer, so see your doctor if you notice anything suspicious.

  • Perform monthly self exams, get to know your body, and recognise any changes.
  • The best position is laying flat on your back, lift your arm above your head and feel in a circular motion with two fingers. Don’t forget to check your areola and armpits.
  • The best time to examine is 7-10 days after your monthly cycle. It is not uncommon to feel lumps due to cysts, scar tissue, and swollen glands.
  • Know what you are looking for; anything that feels hard, stone-like or gritty. These are usually painless and immoveable.
  • Recognise any skin and nipple changes, any pain, redness, itchiness or puckering (this looks like cellulite). If you have any discharge, see a doctor asap.
  • After you turn 40, see your doctor for regular breast exams. Even though you are never too young to have breast cancer, your chances drastically increase after the age of 40. If you have family history please inform your doctor.

Prevention is better than a cure.

DID YOU KNOW: Every day, 2 women under 40 are newly diagnosed with some form of breast cancer.

Have you had your regular breast exam? Share with us below.

  • I have not had a breast exam performed at my gp, but i do check myself. I am only 29 but i believe every women of every age should be checking themselves every month. I dis not know the best position to check was lying down. Thanks

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  • I’m in a high risk category. This is important information. Thank you.

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  • I’ve recently had mine checked with mammogram and ultrasound. I had itchiness and small scabs forming from scratching. Turns out I have dense tissue which changes within a matter of 2 weeks with hormones… if you doubt anything at all, get yourself checked!

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  • Where have you girls your annual check ups done ??

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  • Timely comment with ONJ getting a recurrence

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  • Reminders are always great and timely. I’m due for all my annual check ups in October.

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  • Having regular breast examinations DOES NOT PREVENT breast cancer. It might mean you catch it before it spreads.

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  • Thank you for the reminder, cheers.

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  • I have a regular exam once a year but I must admit, I am slack and never do it myself!

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  • I have a regular breast exam every two years. In between I do self examinations. Thanks for these instructions because they will help me even more

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  • Thanks for this, some helpful information.

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  • Some years ago a friend of mine was diagnosed with breast dance. She was gone within a year, so sad.


    • Oh my goodness, breast dance ??! Sorry must be breast cancer :(

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  • Some breast cancers can also be diagnosed by breast ultrasound.

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  • I have a friend going through chemo and recovering from a mastectomy right now

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  • I try and breast check regularly. I have really large breasts and so I do find this a little challenging – however, I still do it. I’ve not had a mammogram in a while but do have annual check ups with my Doctor.

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