How to take care of your health? Start by feeling your breasts
- Skin Education
Living a fast paced life with a lot of commitments and obligations sometimes takes its toll. More than ever we face with friends and family members being diagnosed with some form of cancer.
Statistically 1 out of 8 women will get breast cancer at one point in her lifetime. So if you’re reading this as a morning read or during your lunchtime at work - one of your colleagues or female friends might meet with this disease in the coming years. Yes, it’s as scary as it sounds.
As the Breast Cancer Organization puts it “Breast cancer is always caused by a genetic abnormality (a “mistake” in the genetic material). However, only 5-10% of cancers are due to an abnormality inherited from your mother or father. Instead, 85-90% of breast cancers are due to genetic abnormalities that happen as a result of the aging process and the “wear and tear” of life in general.”
So some form of action to eliminate risk is necessary and should be fundamental when it comes to your health, so be sure to have a balanced diet and an active lifestyle Take the stress off with taking time for yourself each day to meditate, do yoga, or just lie in the middle of your living room floor and look at the ceiling in silence - sometimes the most simplest things can help relieve the everyday stress.
When it comes to breast self-examination, make sure you do it on a monthly basis. If you are yet to start, we are sharing a few tips on how to do it below:
- Check your breasts about one week after your period.
- Standing or sitting, use your right hand to feel your left breast and your left hand to feel your right breast.
- Keep your index and middle fingers flat and together, using circular motions.
- Check your entire breast by feeling all of the tissue from the collarbone to the bottom of the bra line and from the armpit to the breastbone.
- Begin at the nipple, moving towards the outer edge of your breast.
- Make sure you cover the whole breast.
- Do the same on your armpit area.
- Pay attention for any lumps, bumps or swellings.
Raising awareness can save lives
The reason we are writing this article is to raise awareness and if it weren’t for an important female figure that gathered all of her resources together we probably wouldn’t be wearing pink this October.
You’ve all heard of Estée Lauder, but what made this company a trailblazer in the 90’s was Mrs. Evelyn Lauder, a senior corporate vice president of the cosmetic giant, that went on to create something far greater than a new shade of lipstick. Mrs. Evelyn Lauder founded The Breast Cancer Campaign that has raised awareness about breast cancer and also started the famous pink ribbon campaign. According to BCRF the foundation has raised “more than $79 million to support global research, education and medical services, with more than $65 million funding 260 medical research grants through the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).”
Men have it too
We tend to think that breast cancer impacts only women, but sadly it can effect men as well. Even though chances of a man getting breast cancer are one in a thousand, it is still important to have conversations about breast cancer with the opposite sex. Health is a priority for everyone and cancer shows no discrimination here. Make sure you perform regular self check ups and in case of a lump consult with a doctor as soon as possible.