October has always been a pretty awesome month for me, after all its my birthday month. And for many years it was spent at Narrabri Pony Camp. Safe to say i love October….
Now it has another meaning to it for me… the month where that shitty disease Breast Cancer is a focus. Despite the color scheme of it been pink (and we all know how much i love pink) its not always sunshine and rainbows and definitely not the lovely pink colour. The only time i think its ever pink is after those 5 weeks and 25 radiation treatments and your skin is that pink colour 😦 and burnt like a bloody crisp….
What i want the most is for all ladies and men to be aware of their bodies. Take note when things are off. In both my diagnosis i never once felt sick or had any symptoms. And if you are on my personal facebook page you would even note how healthy i looked … probably the healthiest looking i have in years… but we all know what has happened and i want you all to throw the ‘she will be right attitude out the window’ cause with any type of cancer the best treatment is prevention.
Breast awareness is important for women of all ages, even if you’re having regular mammograms.
You don’t need to be an expert or use a special technique to check your breasts. Take the time to get to know the normal look and feel of your breasts as part of everyday activities like showering, dressing, putting on body lotion or simply looking in the mirror. Knowing what is normal for you will help you to detect any new breast or nipple changes.
Breast changes to look out for include:
- a new lump or lumpiness, especially if it’s only in one breast
- a change in the size or shape of the breast
- a change to the nipple, such as crusting, ulcer, redness or inversion
- a nipple discharge that occurs without squeezing
- a change in the skin of the breast such as redness or dimpling
- an unusual pain that doesn’t go away.
Nine out of ten breast changes aren’t due to cancer, but it’s important to see a doctor to be sure. If you find a breast change that is unusual for you, see your GP without delay.
If you are aged 50-74, get your free breast screen done every two years. BreastScreen Australia offers free breast screening for women without symptoms aged 50-74, when screening has the greatest potential to prevent deaths from breast cancer.
Women aged 40-49 and 75 years and older who have no breast cancer symptoms or signs are also eligible for free screening mammograms.
For more details contact BreastScreen on 13 20 50 or visit www.cancerscreening.gov.au.