Mums are really great at looking after our families, but we mustn’t forget to schedule in some self-care too. Things like eating well and resting enough are important, and it’s also important to keep an eye on our boobs!
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in Australia and with one in eight women being diagnosed by age 85, early detection is key, which is why a regular breast self-examination is a must-do for mamas.
And with this guidance from the National Breast Cancer Foundation, you’ll know what to look for.
It’s time to take your health into your own hands!
Be breast aware
Unless a doctor has recommended mammograms (or you’re over 50), a self-examination is the best way to check for breast cancer symptoms. After all, you know your boobs best and will notice any changes.
Whether you do it in the shower or in your bedroom, it’s important to check your breasts at the same time every month, and check right up to your armpit.
What to look for
Lumpiness: Is there a new lump or lumpiness, especially in one breast only?
Skin changes: Is there a colour or texture difference in your skin, like redness or dimpling?
Size or shape changes: Is your breast a different size or shape than before?
Nipple differences: Are there any changes to your nipple, like redness, inversion, crusting or discharge (clear or bloody) without squeezing?
Pain: Do you have an unusual pain that’s not going away?
Most breast changes aren’t symptoms of cancer, but if you do find something amiss (or have some questions), then see a doctor asap. The earlier breast cancer is detected, the better.
So, find a spare moment to check over your breasts.
Your boobs, and family, will thank you!
For more information on breast cancer visit Cancer Australia.