Monday, October 1, 2007

Touch Yourself and Protect The Ta-Ta's...

...the girls or whatever you may call them. Breast Cancer is real and it is affecting tons of Chicas old and young. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and serves as a perfect time for you to check in with yourself and get into the habit of performing a breast self exam monthly. The best way to attempt to beat cancer is to know your body and be able to tell when something is a little off.

According to the folks at AstraZenica Healthcare Foundation inding a lump or change in your breast does not necessarily mean you have breast cancer. However changes that may be signs of breast cancer include:

-Any new, hard lump or thickening in any part of the breast
-Change in breast size or shape
-Dimpling or puckering of the skin
-Swelling, redness or warmth that does not go away
-Pain in one spot that does not vary with your monthly cycle
-Pulling in of the nipple
-Nipple discharge that starts suddenly and appears only in one breast
-An itchy, sore or scaling area on one nipple

Sounds a little scary, but knowing the signs and speaking with your doctor is a lot less scary than undergoing a mastectomy, radiation, or even chemotherapy if you're diagnosed.

Don't know the first step in performing a self exam? Click here: Self Exam 101 to learn how.

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