Hi peeps, how are you? I hope you are well and if not that you find all the support you need. I am sending you lots of good vibes along.
I wanted to write a lot more about Breast Cancer for Breast Cancer Awareness Month but I am still struggling with getting a writing routine back. Brain fog still seems to be a problem and I often just jump from one thing that I do to another. Menopause and the remnants of chemotherapy I suppose.
However, I felt one month isn’t enough to keep us aware of breast cancer. One of the most important things you can do to detect breast cancer early is a monthly self-exam. Which gave me the idea, to write a blog post every month when I do mine. As I have stopped having my periods I chose the last day of the month to do it but if you still have yours you are advised to do them about three days after your period.
The important thing is to learn how your breast feels and detect anything that’s not usually there like lumps, skin changes or discharge from your nipple. YourBestSelf did a wonderful video explaining different techniques of the self-examination:
The only thing I would add here is not only to use one technique. Many doctors and breast cancer charities advise doing it standing and laying down as you cannot detect everything only standing or only laying down.
I know that it feels difficult to ask for check-ups currently because of the pandemic but as Dr Nighat Arif says in this video your GP does see you if there are signs of cancer that you need to have checked out.
I do mine in front of the mirror first and then laying down. There I first check under my arms and then going around my breast in a circular motion towards the nipple. I have also started a diary where I write down how my breasts feel and what has changed from last time. This helps to figure out what’s “normal” and what isn’t.
So, please, if you haven’t started a habit of checking your breasts (that’s for you guys too because men can get it also) yet, start today. Early detection is so important.
Happy Saturday to you all despite everything.
Please stay safe, stay kind and remember to check your breast monthly 😉