What, might you ask, has prompted me to create such a guide? No, it wasn’t the internet sh*t-storm that was Angelina Jolie getting a double mastectomy.
I’m not usually one to tackle health-care guides, aside from that of the general toddler variety. This time though, this time I’m all about the moms. It was after the discovery, procrastination over and final diagnosis of (benign, phew!) a lump in my own breast did I realize how irresponsible I had been.
Currently lump-free? That doesn’t get you a free pass from doing regular self breast exams. To that end, even if you DO find a lump, don’t secretly panic (like I did). Lumps found in breasts are benign (not cancerous), 80% of the time.
While there may be no way to prevent getting breast cancer; there are steps you can take to reduce the risks. The best way to find breast cancer early is to get screened. Talk to your health care provider about what screening tests are right for you.
If there is one thing that I learned from my own experience, it’s that knowing the signs and symptoms of breast cancer is one of the most empowering and precautionary measures that we can take; by regularly examining our own breasts. I’ve done quite a bit of research and made things a little less overwhelming for those of you who are just beginning your journey with doing regular self breast exams.
This is a habit you want to start now. And make sure that you’re also consulting with your doctor!
Here’s how to do it…
Mom Tip: The common myth that women who are pregnant or nursing cannot contract breast cancer is FALSE. Check your boobs!
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