Breast awareness as an adjunct to Breast Screening
Most women will have healthy breasts for the whole of their lives; however because of the concern about breast cancer many of them find it reassuring to spend time on a regular basis examination of their breasts.
There are two important ways to look after your breast health
1) Practice breast awareness
2) Attend a breast screening program when invited
A life line….
Breast awareness is not an enigma or a difficult practice. It’s about feeling empowered to be more aware of any changes in your breasts by simply observing and feeling. There is no set way to do this. It just depends how you feel most comfortable, whether taking shower or when dressing, when standing or lying down. This should be part of your everyday routine and not restricted for some peculiar point of the month or a specific number of times.
When to have sigh of contentment….
If you have noticed how your breasts look and feel at different times, you’ll comprehend what is normal for you and more easily recognize any changes.
There is no such thing as ‘standard’ breasts. What is normal for one woman may not be for another. You will even find that your own two breasts are different from each other. Your breasts may also look and feel different at different stages of your menstrual cycle, when some breasts feel tender or lumpy.
Alarming... Need your concentration…
Checking your breasts doesn’t only mean that you are trying to find some sort of abnormal lumps but there are other important changes that you should be aware of too. These comprise of;
- A change in the size or shape of your breast
- A change in the skin – particularly dimpling or puckering
- A change in the appearance of the nipple or a discharge from the nipple
- Breast pain for a long period of time
- Lumpy areas or thickening of the breast
After noticing and finding the changes in your breasts you need to consult a doctor. Most of the time you may find a lump or other changes but they further prove to be very harmless. In case of some indications you get a chance for treatment after getting aware of the fact.
The real thing is early discovery that can make treatment easy that’s why breast light cancer awareness campaign has been initiated. There is no set breast awareness routine but hints and tips can be found at a number of websites such as Click here Or Visit Breakthrought UK and Breast Cancer Care.