I received a text message the other day which really made me stop and… think pink!
“Hello, pretty lady! You’ve been pinked. I consider you one of the 10 prettiest ladies I know. Please pass this message on and don’t forget to TLC… touch, look and check!”
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. More than 3,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in Ireland each year and it is the most common cancer among women. Early detection provides the best possible chance of surviving the disease. Are you breast aware?
How can I be breast aware?
Breast awareness means becoming familiar with your breasts, how they look and feel at different times of the month. Try to get used to looking at and feeling your breasts regularly. By doing this you will be more able to notice any changes that aren’t usual for you. Use times like having a bath or shower to notice how your breasts look and feel. Running a soapy hand over your breasts and armpit helps you to feel the texture of your breast more easily. You may notice that your breasts change in size, shape or in how they feel at different times of the month. Your breasts may become lumpier or more tender around the time of your menstrual period, for example. As you become familiar with your breasts you’ll become more confident in knowing what is normal for you.
What are the changes to look for?
* Any lumps, thickening or bumpy areas in the breast or armpit that seem different from other breast tissue. This is very important if it is new
* Any changes in the size or shape of the breast (it may be normal for you to have one breast larger than the other)
* Change to the nipple, such as crusting, ulceration, bleeding or a change in the direction or shape of the nipple
* Veins that are standing out more than usual for you
* Any puckering, dimpling or redness of the skin of the breast
The Breast Awareness 5-point Code:
* Know what is normal for you
* Know what changes to look and feel for
* Look and feel
* Report any changes to your doctor without delay
* Attend routine breast screening if you are aged between 50 and 64
Please help get the message out there to women about the importance of being breast aware.
Information Source: The Marie Keating Foundation