Ladies and gents! It’s breast cancer awareness month and we just wanted to remind you all how important it is to check yourself…
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK – yes, for men and for women and most breast cancer cases are caught early through self-checking… According to statistics on breastcanceruk.org.uk, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, and one in five cases are women under 50.
Here’s some basic steps on how to self-examine…
- Begin by looking at your breasts in the mirror with your shoulders straight and your arms on your hips. Check they look normal to you – ie normal size, shape and colour and that there is no unusual distortions or visible swelling. Check there’s no dimples or visible bulges and that the nipple is the normal shape and position for you (ie, not gone inward or pointing in a different direction than normal). Also check for redness, rash or swelling.
- Do the same visible exam with your arms raised above your head.
- With one arm raised, feel your breast, moving in small circles so you’ve covered the entire area, including the areola. You are feeling for anything unusual… Use enough pressure to feel in the deep tissue of the breast, and also extend your examination to just under your arm, your cleavage to your collar bone and under your breasts. Most find it easier to examine in the shower – again, which ever is easier for you. If you feel anything unusual for you, anything from a small lump to hard tissue, it’s best to contact the doctor to put your mind at rest.
Other things to look out for: if there has been any kind of fluid leaking from the nipple or your breasts have suddenly started aching or hurting for no reason.
Again, pop along to the doctor, they will be able to put your mind at rest. Please don’t be embarrassed. As burlesque performers, and burlesque audiences, we are used to seeing quite a lot of boobs in public and we sometimes forget that it can be a bit embarrassing for others! But prevention is the best way forward! Please spread the word to your loved ones! You could be saving a life!
For more information, head over to https://www.breastcancercare.org.uk