October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and waxup is doing its part to spread awareness about this disease that kills nearly 41,000 women each year. One of the key ways to combat breast cancer is early detection. In addition to medical screenings, self-examination is one of the most effective methods used to find breast cancer fast, so it can be treated at the earliest stages when survival rates are highest.
Know Your Body
Whatever your age, it’s important to know what’s normal for you and be aware of the signs of breast cancer. Knowing about your body is necessary to perform effective self-examinations, but being breast aware and developing a regular self-examination routine doesn’t feel natural for everyone. For those who find the practice of self-examination emotionally uncomfortable or difficult, the key to success is persistence. Don’t give up. The more you examine your breasts the easier it will be to detect any changes.
How to Do Self-Examination: The method involves looking at yourself in the mirror and feeling each breast for possible lumps, distortions or swelling.
Where to Do Self-Examination? You can do your self-examination standing up or lying down. It may be easier to do after applying body lotion, so you can do it in the shower, in your bedroom, or in the bathroom. You can even do it at the gym. Anywhere there’s a mirror and a comfortable amount of privacy, will work.
When to Do Self-Examination? Examine your breasts each month. It may be easiest to choose the first of the month, but you can also choose to do your self-examination several days after each period to avoid those times when your breasts may be more tender or swollen.
Watch Out for Changes
Regular self-examination helps you familiarize yourself with the size, color, shape and ‘feel’ of your breasts. Here are a few changes in the LOOK and FEEL of your breasts to watch out for:
LOOK for changes in skin texture (puckering or dimpling)
FEEL for lumps or thickening
LOOK for unusual nipple discharge
FEEL for constant, unusual pain in your breast
LOOK for a rash or crusting of nipple or surrounding area
FEEL for swelling in your armpit or around collar bone
Contact your doctor if you feel any of the following:
- A lump, hard knot or thickening inside the breast or underarm area
- Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening of the breast
- Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple
- A change in the shape or size of the breast
- Persistent pain
Waxup is committed to helping you jumpstart your self-care routine. This October, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month waxup has gone Pink! We’re offering our rose roller waxing kit at a 15% discount. Feel free to use the money you save to support a breast cancer charity you care about, or to support your own version of self-care. Now that’s waxup!