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.
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