Updated: Oct 17, 2022
October is breast cancer awareness month.
My opinion is that every month we should be aware of what is going on with our bodies. Every day should be breast cancer awareness day.
I have been involved in the breast cancer fun run/walk on mothers day with my family for 15 years now. Unfortunately the past 2 years have not been great for this commitment. There have been many events that I have been involved with over the past 20 years concerning many different cancers and unfortunately the disease is not going away.
I really want to pass on some information that will help bring awareness so if there are any changes we can detect them early.
There have been improvements with early detection but it is still not good enough.
People are still dying of breast cancer.
There will still be 19,866 women and 164 men diagnosed with breast cancer this year in Australia alone.
In 2019 3,243 people died in Australia from breast cancer.
Some of these changes can be:
● A new lump or lumpiness, especially if it is only in one breast. ● A sudden change in the size or the shape of the breast. ● changes to the nipple, such as crusting, ulceration, redness or inversion (unless it has always been there). ● Any nipple discharge that occurs without squeezing. ● changes in the skin of the breast such as redness or dimpling. ● unusual pain that doesn't go away, especially if it's only in one breast.
There are a number of conditions that may cause these symptoms, not just breast cancer, and many of them may be harmless. This means that if you notice any of these changes you need to see your doctor without delay to make sure there is nothing wrong.
We all should know our bodies better than anyone else, so look in the mirror often.
I have had a lot of people who have worked with me in the past and they will be looking for results and I ask them what does the mirror say.
They say to me "Oh I don't look in the mirror."
LOOK IN THE MIRROR.
Look in the mirror often and know what is right and what is not right.