HAVE YOU DONE IT TODAY?

I have a soft spot for women and that has motivated me to do a number of literary pieces on issues that affect women.  Let’s roll the ladies corner dice now.

One question that I used to ask myself was the obsession with breast among both men and women.    Men seem to be so much in love with breast even more than the women who carry those breast.  When you are a woman who is less endowed in terms of breast in our part of the world, woe unto you.  No wonder, women of late are paying particular attention to their breasts.  One current trend today is the pushed-up breast with oil or lotion or whatever smeared all over it.  They claim it is used to attract men.  As to if that is the best means of attracting men, we will leave that for another day.

My main concern is about how a lot of women are dying through what they do not know.  Breast cancer and cervical cancer are two dangerous cankers killing our lovely women worldwide.  My dear women, don’t wait till it is too late to salvage your life.  Have you thought of how life will be for you with just one breast, and the other one cut off?  Do you just pay attention to how you can make your breast attractive to men?  Think about the long term maintenance of the breast too.

The big question is have you examined your breast today?  Breast self-examination is one of the best means of early diagnosis of signs of breast cancer. It can save you a lot.  If you don’t do it, start right now. Don’t wait till tomorrow.  It might be too late.

If you are a lady out there who does not know how to carry out the breast self-examination, just follow the steps below.

Step 1: Begin by looking at your breasts in the mirror with your shoulders straight and your arms on your hips.

Here’s what you should look for:

  • Breasts that are their usual size, shape, and colour
  • Breasts that are evenly shaped without visible distortion or swelling

If you see any of the following changes, bring them to your doctor’s attention:

  • Dimpling, puckering, or bulging of the skin
  • A nipple that has changed position or an inverted nipple (pushed inward instead of sticking out)
  • Redness, soreness, rash, or swelling

Step 2: Now, raise your arms and look for the same changes.

Step 3: While you’re at the mirror, look for any signs of fluid coming out of one or both nipples (this could be a watery, milky, or yellow fluid or blood).

Step 4: Next, feel your breasts while lying down, using your right hand to feel your left breast and then your left hand to feel your right breast. Use a firm, smooth touch with the first few finger pads of your hand, keeping the fingers flat and together. Use a circular motion, about the size of a quarter.

Cover the entire breast from top to bottom, side to side — from your collarbone to the top of your abdomen, and from your armpit to your cleavage.

Follow a pattern to be sure that you cover the whole breast. You can begin at the nipple, moving in larger and larger circles until you reach the outer edge of the breast. You can also move your fingers up and down vertically, in rows, as if you were mowing a lawn. This up-and-down approach seems to work best for most women. Be sure to feel all the tissue from the front to the back of your breasts: for the skin and tissue just beneath, use light pressure; use medium pressure for tissue in the middle of your breasts; use firm pressure for the deep tissue in the back. When you’ve reached the deep tissue, you should be able to feel down to your ribcage.

Step 5: Finally, feel your breasts while you are standing or sitting. Many women find that the easiest way to feel their breasts is when their skin is wet and slippery, so they like to do this step in the shower. Cover your entire breast, using the same hand movements described in Step 4.

Hope you are good to start your own breast examination now.  You can have a look at the attached video for further help.

NB:  If after all the steps above and the video, you still can’t find your way around it, just inbox me.  I could be of immense help.  Your comments are invited but do not forget to start now.

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