3 . 01 . 2016

The Big C

Welcome to our first editorial of 2016.

Like many people I have made some New Year resolutions. Although anytime is a good opportunity to make positive changes in your life, there is certainly something more inspiring about the fresh start and optimism of a New Year.

I’ve added plenty of healthy changes such as ‘drink more water’, ‘drink less alcohol’ and ‘work yoga into my morning routine’. But most importantly I’ve decided to regularly self-examine for breast cancer. It’s something that women, myself included, often overlook despite the fact that 1 in 8 women experience breast cancer in their lifetime. I implore you to join me and add this on to your resolutions list.

Here we’ve put together a list of simple steps and symptoms to look our for:

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Most breast cancers are first discovered through self examination.

There is no right or wrong way to examine your breast. It’s important to get used to looking at and feeling your breasts regularly. You can do this in the bath or shower, when you use body lotion, or when you get dressed. There’s really no need to change your everyday routine.

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STEP 1

LOOK for changes in skin texture, such as puckering or dimpling.

STEP 2

FEEL for lumps or thickening that feels different than the rest of your breast tissue.

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STEP 3

LOOK for nipple discharge.

STEP 4

LOOK for nipple inversion and changes in direction.

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STEP 5

LOOK for swelling in your armpit or around your collarbone.

STEP 6

NOTICE any constant pain in your breast or armpit.

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STEP 7

LOOK for a change in size and shape of your breasts.

STEP 8

LOOK for a rash or crusting of the nipple and surrounding area.

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For more information on breast cancer and self examination visit:

BREAST CANCER CARE | COPPAFEEL | PINK RIBBON FOUNDATION

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