Hey there lovely humans,
Allow me to reintroduce myself as a proud new breed of aliens, so maybe you can call me femalien.
(I’m still getting the hang of dry joke everyday)
In today’s feature of lifestyle, Justified Ecstasy is creating a campaign to provide free information on Breast cancer with the aim of seeking support and early treatment when detected.
Why should you care about breast cancer?
About 100% chance of recovery if you check now.
50% cases of cancer in the world are breast related.
15 kinds of breast cancer;
Male Breast Cancer,IDC — Invasive Ductal Carcinoma,IDC Type: Tubular Carcinoma of the Breast,IDC Type: Medullary Carcinoma of the Breast,IDC Type: Mucinous Carcinoma of the Breast,IDC Type: Papillary Carcinoma of the Breast,IDC Type: Cribriform Carcinoma of the Breast,ILC — Invasive Lobular Carcinoma,Inflammatory Breast Cancer,LCIS — Lobular Carcinoma In Situ,Molecular Subtypes of Breast Cancer,Recurrent & Metastatic Breast Cancer (Did you count, are they more or less?)
sourced from here.
Quick question about your breasts; Have they changed for better or worse? Let’s pretend you didn’t know the answer to this question so these guidelines can help us arrive at an answer.
Are there any changes in size or shape of either breast? Are there any signs of lumps or thickening in or near your breasts? Do the nipples appear to have turned inward or produce any discharge? Does the breast or near feel swollen or have scaly skin or is it red in colour? Are these changes in one breast or both?
I trust you know that both men and women can be diagnosed with breast cancer at any age.
Exams are scheduled based on age as well as family history.
If you are 18+-you can do breast self-awareness exam regularly
For 21+a well woman /man exam should be done yearly.
And a mammogram is done for persons aged 40+.
The results of this exams are essential and if you are a mother don’t forget to ask your doctor if you have dense breasts which sometimes affects the mammogram results.
If the results are abnormal which is a perfectly normal case for doctors, you may order some additional tests such as;
Magnetic Resonance Imaging(MRI) that works with technology to create detailed pictures of the breasts. Biopsy can be done where the tissue or fluid is taken from the breast and tested for cancer. Personally, I recently learned that an ultrasound can be done for the breasts as well, where sound waves are used in an imaging tests to create an image of the breast and if a solid mass is detected, this may suggest cancer.
However, these tests are not exactly inexpensive. Breast IT on the other hand is a mobile phone application designed to carry out diagnosis of breast cancer that was developed by the hyphen team. Breast IT, explores the use of mobile phones to aid automatic screening of breast cancer. Since most people are native with these gadgets, screening can be done by almost any elite adult, thus making early screening possible and efficient. In addition, the application will be portable and much more affordable than contemporary technologies such as Mammograms & Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
If you are in Kampala, there is free breast screening by Breast It at the following places;
Nakasero Hospital – every Friday starting at 2pm at The Executive Wellness
Uganda Cancer Institute – Monday-Friday 8am-5pm
In case you are wondering how to to the monthly self check;
Here are some pointers;
In the shower
Move around your entire breast in circular motion using your fingertips from the the outside to centre up until the armpit area.
You’ll need a to place a pillow under your right shoulder and right arm goes behind your head.Use your left hand to gently move around your right breast in circular motions and repeat this for the left breast.
Standing in front of a mirror
Start by raising your hands and look out for any changes in the contour or changes in the nipples.Then rest your palms on your hips and press firmly so that the chest muscles flex.
You can gently squeeze your breasts with light and firm pressure looking out for any discharge and lumps especially at the nipple of either breast.
Of course, let me echo the anthem we have all heard about creating an easy schedule for your breast health plan. This entails eating bountiful amounts of fruits and vegetables, regularly working out, quit excessive drinking of alcohol, and actively re-hydrate with water. Breast sucking is also very essential for mothers. And most importantly stay prayed up, find your support system, and love them hard.
Please share this post with a breast cancer survivor; we would like to hear their story.Kindly email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blessings and Bliss