Ladies, how often do you self-examine your breasts? Here’s why it’s important to your well-being | Rare Techy
How alarming is it that every 4 minutes, a woman in India gets breast cancer?
October is known as International Breast Cancer Awareness Month and everyone around the world is trying hard to spread awareness.
Did you know that breast cancer is one of the most common types of cancer affecting women worldwide?
Needless to say, we need more conversations around it. While regular self-exams are important, don’t forget to visit the doctor every once in a while.
But first things first… know that the devil is in the details and the details can be self-study at home. However, many women succumb to this deadly disease due to ignorance of routine breast self-examination.
Most cases of breast cancer in women are detected in the critical stages 3 and 4 but with regular self-examination you can eliminate the chances of it developing.
But what can you do?
You may know that the most common symptom of breast cancer is a painless lump. While not all lumps are cancerous, there is a way to tell the difference.
A cancer lump is usually firm, hard to move and painless.
Additionally, here are some other common symptoms you can watch for.
- Redness or moist skin in the nipple area
- Around the nipple
- Swelling under the arm or near the elbow
- Irritation near the chest or legs
- Mild or severe pain in or around your breasts
Pro tip: Always consult your doctor if you experience any of the above symptoms. Google has a secret (read: often hyped) way to shock you. *eyebrows*
There is no set age at which you should start worrying about breast cancer or start scheduling regular checkups, breast cancer can strike people in their 20s.
The biggest myth associated with breast cancer is that only women can get it. Men also have breast tissue. Although the number is very low, a small number of men are affected by breast cancer in India.
It is best advised to start young, make it a part of your daily care routine as self-examination of your Double OOs can be a lifesaver. Wondering why we said Double OO?
To spread awareness about Breast Cancer and how self-examination is the key to self-care, SBI Life in partnership with iDiva continued its breast cancer awareness campaign “Thanks a Dot” aimed at empowering women.
This unique campaign was launched to highlight the importance of investigating and identifying any injustice.
This was completed by shutting down iDiva’s native website, which contained every mention of the letter The “oo” (double O) was changed as a message about breast cancer awareness and a reminder to fight the disease.
Some examples are;
It’s never too late to start. Remember to recognize the most important double O of your life, your breasts.
Regular breast self-examination is the key to self-care.
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