50% of Australians will be diagnosed with cancer by aged 85 [ii] and breast cancer is one of the leading causes of death to Australian women.
How to do a self-examination of your own breasts
Mentioning the 'c' word can spark immediate panic with any lump and bump raising a worry - but we're all different; no two breasts are the same. It's important to get to know the look and feel of your breasts, so if there are changes in the future, you'll know what to look for.
According to Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA), here's how you can keep a check on your breasts, at home.
Firstly, be sure to check ALL parts of the breast, including the armpits (on both sides). You can do this however you feel comfortable, whether in the shower, while moisturising or getting dressed - whatever works for you. And, importantly, look out for the following:
- a new lump in your breast or underarm (armpit)
- thickening or swelling of part of your breast
- irritation or dimpling of your breast skin
- redness or flaky skin in your nipple area or your breast
- pulling in of your nipple or pain in your nipple area
- nipple discharge other than breast milk
- any change in the size or the shape of your breast
- pain in any area of your breast
Remember, breasts are a moveable feast, they change constantly throughout our lives, particularly during periods of hormonal fluctuations, maternity and breastfeeding but if you find a change that you're unsure about you should see your doctor immediately, just to make sure.
How Maxted works to raise breast cancer awareness
We're so passionate about breast cancer awareness that from every item purchased from our pink product range Maxted will donate $20 to BCNA to help fund their crucial work in the fight against breast cancer.
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