CATCH­ING CAN­CER EARLY

Style Magazine - - Health -

OVER 18,000 peo­ple will have been di­ag­nosed with new cases of breast can­cer this year, with over 3000 deaths from this par­tic­u­lar can­cer.

Al­most 150 of those di­ag­nosed will be male, while over 18,000 are fe­male.

While these statis­tics are sober­ing, it’s not all doom and gloom.

When breast can­cer is de­tected early, the prog­no­sis is re­ally good.

Though this is in no way su­pe­rior to an of­fi­cial check by a doc­tor and mam­mo­gram, one way to de­tect breast can­cer is to check your­self reg­u­larly at home.

The ideal fre­quency is at least once a month, so you be­come fa­mil­iar with how your breasts look and feel and can no­tice any changes read­ily.

IN THE SHOWER

Move around your en­tire breast in a cir­cu­lar pat­tern with the pads of your fin­gers, go­ing from the out­side to the cen­tre.

Don’t for­get that breast tis­sue ex­tends into the armpit area as well.

IN FRONT OF A MIR­ROR

This is good for a vis­ual check — look out for con­tour changes, swelling, dim­pling of the skin, puck­er­ing, or changes to the nip­ples.

You’ll want to in­spect with your arms at your sides first, then when rais­ing your arms high over­head, and fi­nally by rest­ing your hands on your hips and press­ing firmly to flex chest mus­cles.

LY­ING DOWN

Place a pil­low un­der your right shoul­der and put your right arm be­hind your head.

Ex­am­ine your right breast us­ing a cir­cu­lar mo­tion with the fin­ger pads of your left hand, re­mem­ber­ing once again to cover the en­tire area and armpit.

Re­peat the process for your left breast.

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