- 6 years ago
- Wedding: December 2012
All this week I have been working the operating theatre at a cancer hospital as a student nurse.
Today, I assisted a surgeon in cutting off a 27 year old woman’s breasts. This young woman had no family history of breast cancer, and was very lucky she discovered her cancer before it spread. It really hit home that she was not much older than me and many of my friends, and cancer can happen to anyone.
So this is just a public service announcement to remind you to check your breasts. Check them often, get to know the feel, shape and size of your breasts. The better you know your breasts, the more likely it is you will pick up if something is wrong.
The following info is from Breast Cancer Australia http://www.breastcanceraustralia.org/detect_selfexam.html
Detection & Prevention
The Three Simple Keys:
Regular Self Examination
Whilst standing in front of the mirror with shoulders back and hands on hips.
• Check for changes in size, shape and colour of both breasts.
• Note if there is any dimpling, puckering or bulging of skin.
• Be aware of whether the nipple has changed position or if it has inverted.
• Monitor for redness, soreness, rashes or swelling.
• It is also recommended to do this whilst the arms are raised in the air.
Apply minimal pressure with the thumb and forefinger to each nipple and check for discharge (milky, yellow fluid or blood).
Feel your breast while lying down, sitting, standing or in the shower.
• Use a method which you become familiar with and record your observations on a monthly basis.
• When checking the left breast use your right hand (right breast use your left hand) and work gently on the top layer and then a little firmer as you press deeper into the tissue with your middle three fingers feeling down to the ribcage.
• Be sure to check all over your breast with a sequence you can remember. From the armpit to your cleavage, and from the top of the collarbone to top of your stomach.
• All the time feeling for irregular lumps, lumpiness or thickening particularly in one breast only.