October is winding up. We have painted the world pink. All in an aim to extend the gospel of breast cancer. The prevalence. The cures. The testing. The symptoms. The self exams. The clinical exams. The pink ribbon is our emblem.
Even though it attacks men, this cancer is bound to be 100 times more common in women. It is recommended that women adhere to the following;
1. The ultimate test for breast cancer is the mammogram. A
mammogram is an X-ray of the breast. It can detect breast cancer up to two years before the tumor can be felt by you or your doctor.
2. Women aged 40 or older who are at average risk of breast cancer should have a mammogram once a year. Women at high risk should have yearly mammograms along with an MRI starting at age 30.
CLINICAL BREAST EXAM (CBE):
During a CBE, your doctor examines your breasts and the surrounding area for any possible signs of breast
cancer. Your doctor checks for changes in the size or shape of your breasts, skin changes (including rash or redness), or other abnormal changes (such as lumps or discharge from the nipple).
Women in their 20s or 30s should have a CBE about every three years as part of a general health exam.
Women over 40 should have a CBE once a year.
BREAST SELF EXAM;
It is a good idea to get in the habit of doing monthly self-exams starting at age 20. Examining yourself on a regular basis lets you become
familiar with your breasts so you will notice any changes that may occur.
Breast self-exams should not replace regular mammograms and clinical breast exams. To find
out how to perform a breast self exam, ask your doctor.
Log on to cancercare.org for more insights.