Sunday, October 30, 2011

Find the Cure

Becoming breast aware

It is important that every woman is breast aware. This means knowing what is normal for you so that if any unusual change occurs, you will recognise it. The sooner you notice a change the better, because if cancer is found early, treatment is more likely to be successful. Get into the habit of looking at and feeling your breasts from time to time.

What changes should I be aware of?
■A change in size or shape – it may be that one breast has become larger
■Changes in the nipple – in direction or shape, pulled in or flattened nipple
■Changes on or around the nipple – rash, flaky or crusted skin
■Changes in the skin – dimpling, puckering or redness
■‘Orange Peel’ appearance of the skin caused by unusually enlarged pores
■Swelling in your armpit or around your collarbone
■A lump, any size, or thickening in your breast
■Constant pain in one part of your breast or armpit

Did you know?
■ Early diagnosis is a key to surviving breast cancer.
■More than 1,700 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in Ireland each year.
■Irish women have a 1 in 12 chance of developing breast cancer in their lifetime.
■74% of Irish women with breast cancer discovered the lump themselves.
■ Only about five to ten per cent of breast cancers are believed to have a family link.
■The risk of developing breast cancer increases with age. Approximately 80%of breast cancers occur in women over 50 years.
■Around 14 men develop breast cancer in Ireland each year.

What to do if you find something

If you do notice any change in your breasts, see your GP as soon as possible. Remember that most breast changes are not cancer and are harmless. When your GP examines your breasts she or he may be able to reassure you that there is nothing to worry about. If the change could be connected with your hormones, your GP may ask you to come back at a different stage in your menstrual cycle. Alternatively, you may be sent to a breast clinic for a more detailed examination.

Don’t worry that you may be making an unnecessary fuss and remember that nine out of ten breast lumps are harmless

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                                                            *P. r. o. j. e. c. t P. i. n. k*

                                      {Painting The Blog World P I N K For CURE}



Marilyn said...

OMGosh, so I linked to your post via the hop and thought to myself, I know this is Ewa's page but wait it's PINK.. LOVE IT!!! Great information. Thank YOU so much for joining in today, its such a special day and it means so much to me to have you take a minute and Go Pink for such a wonderful cause.. YOU REMAIN AWESOME always.. thanks again.. xoxox.. Marilyn..Wishing you an amazing weekend.. : ))

Kimba said...

Ewa, Thank you so much for posting facts to help others gain awareness. It was interesting to see that 74% of Irish women find the lumps themselves! My mother who is also a survivor found the lump herself.

Thank you so much for spreading the work about the importance of self checking.

xo- Kimba

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