Have you checked your puppies?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and it is a month all about being aware of  what breast cancer is, how to detect it and where to seek help if you find a lump. So we want to know have you checked your puppies? I saw the featured picture on Facebook for a wonderful business, Heavenly Curves. Maria Silvestri is the owner of Heavenly Curves and is passionate about early detection of breast cancer. She runs a lingerie store in Wetherill Park for all shapes and sizes but she has a specialised skill for fitting breast prostheses for women after having a mastectomy.  Maria reminds all of her Facebook Fans at the beginning of every month to check their breasts for lumps or changes. This picture is a funny reminder that you should check your breasts no matter what the size.  Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in Australia and early detection is vital. The National Breast Cancer Foundation is predicting that in 2020 an average of 47 women PER DAY will be diagnosed with breast cancer.  So what should you be looking for when you check your breasts.

  • A new lump in your breast or armpit
  • Thickening or swelling of part of the breast
  • Irritation or dimpling of the skin of the breast
  • Redness or flaky skin in your nipple area or breast
  • Pulling in of your nipple or pain in the nipple area
  • Nipple discharge other than breast milk
  • Any change in the size or shape
  • Pain in any area of your breast

Checking your breasts should be done in the shower, while lying down and also in front of the mirror. Be confident enough to stand there and look at them. You need to be aware of your normal to notice the changes.  Since I was 17 years old I have had a lump inmy breast. At the time I was so scared that I had breast cancer so young but after a breast ultrasound it was diagnosed to be a ‘Fibroadenoma’ or what is sometimes referred to as a ‘breast mouse’. It is a cyst that swells with hormonal changes throughout my cycle. I have it checked every 2 years and today I went to have a follow up. I am so used to the process but still lay there hoping for another normal scan.  It doesn’t take long to check and if needed, please don’t be scared to speak to your doctor. Tell your best girlfriend and get her to hold your hand. That’s what best friends are there for.  For more information about breast cancer head to http://www.nbcf.org.au or https://www.bcna.org.au

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