As we grow older , we hear a lot about self care and learning to put ourselves first , but it usually is the last thing on our list .
This month we want self care to be up the list even in its most basic form , from buying yourself that bag, spa treatments, dental appointments, doctors appointment down to breast examinations and mammograms
For most persons unless they have been been diagnosed with breast cancer or have someone close to us who suffers from breast cancer we tend to pay it no mind, But we do need to pay more attention to it and also understand that its more than wearing pink .
Statistics state that 1 in 9 women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
Not just women but men also can have breast cancer . we all should try to do better and be better
While the signs and symptoms may vary from person to person, it is important to take note of your body and talk to a healthcare person. The most common symptom is the presence of a lump or mass .
The signs are listed below
- Unusual breast pain
- Skin irritation or dimpling(sometimes looking like an orange peel)
- Redness, Scaliness , or thickening of the nipple or breast skin
- Nipple discharge (other than breast Milk)
- Nipple retraction
The first thing we should do is perform a self exam.
The second is to get a mammogram
All of this can be a scary process but knowledge is power and early detection is key as it can improve your survival odds.
Although there is currently no cure for cancer but raising awareness should go beyond just the breast cancer awareness month .
Most of the time we fail to notice the big things until it directly or indirectly affects us . lets get actively involved and show empathy.
Love from BO Team