It is healthy habit that should be as much a part of your daily routine, like showering, dressing and looking in the mirror.
You don't need to wait for a special day, check your breasts wherever and whenever works for you but do it regularly. A minimum of monthly is recommended.
I was always a little Breast Aware but even so I was slack and hap hazard about checking.
I wasn't aware of all the changes to look for ...it isn't just a lump.
Most breast changes aren’t due to cancer - but if you find a change that is unusual for you, see your GP to make sure.
I had 2-3 symptoms at diagnosis - though my breasts were always lumpy. I found this website which tell you what to look for
I had 2-3 symptoms at diagnosis - pain, discharge on squeezing (because I had pain) and my breasts were always kind of lumpy. I did see my GP immediately, both times I had nipple discharge. May 2011 it wasn't breast cancer (that I know).
How do you reduce your risks ?
I had no family history .
I breast fed for over 4 yrs .
I have never been overweight.
I'm active and I've had a reasonably healthy diet with only a little alcohol consumption.
How do you calculate your risk based on evidence ?
I didn't know that an inherited faulty gene only accounts for 5% of all breast cancers. Even then breast cancer is so common that it need not be a faulty inherited gene that causes BC within the same family.
I thought it couldn't happen to me , though I've had several mammograms and ultrasounds despite that misguided belief...just for reassurance.
So have you felt yourself today ...you can never be too busy !
Cheeky checkups is a campaign aimed at younger women because mammograms and ultrasounds are apparently less effective at detecting breast cancer - https://www.facebook.com/NBOCCCheekyCheckUp
Like further information, visit www.nbocc.org.au/resources
This not a sponsored post I am just continuing in my quest to remind everyone how important it is.