October is all about Breast Cancer Awareness! This month is filled with an explosion of pink to remind you that breast cancer is a serious disease and it's important to take the right preventative measures. Being proactive is pivotal and it's the perfect time to schedule a mammogram.
Aging women should perform a breast self-exam at least once a month. This way if you feel a lump you can make an appointment to get it checked out. Most of the time the lump won't be anything serious but it's better to be safe than sorry.
You can perform a self-breast exam in front of the mirror, lying down, or in the shower.
This is what you should be looking for.....
- Any lumps, thickening, swelling, or hard knots. Look for changes on one side to see if one breast matches the other and also changes in the nipple to see if there is any discharge.
Check your entire breast all the way to your armpit by using your finger and gently moving in a circular motion.
You shouldn't always rely on a self-breast exam. Get a mammogram as it is the best way to detect early. Be proactive, and don't wait until it's too late!