Check Your TaTa’s

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Recently Wacoal reached out to me and asked me to collaborate with them on a very important issue: Breast Cancer Awareness. I was really impressed with the mission they are on to help the Susan G. Komen foundation and am grateful they are letting me share with my audience about their mission. I’m sharing how to take part in the fight, and also how to check your tatas because no one is immune!

Over the fast few months two beautiful, kind, healthy women I’m friends with were diagnosed with breast cancer. It’s not something that was in the cards, on the charts, or expected by any stretch of the imagination. The news hit me like a ton of bricks, I can’t even begin to understand the emotions and struggles they have faced dealing with their diagnosis.

As an ode to them and in effort to help women around the globe, I’m sharing how to help raise funds to help fight breast cancer. We are all susceptible, not one more safe than the other and I’m proactive at checking myself consistently.

Here’s how to check yourself:

(Source: National Breast Cancer Foundation)

Once A Month

Adult women of all ages are encouraged to perform breast self-exams at least once a month.  Johns Hopkins Medical center states,

“Forty percent of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who feel a lump, so establishing a regular breast self-exam is very important.”

While mammograms can help you to detect cancer before you can feel a lump, breast self-exams help you to be familiar with how your breasts look and feel so you can alert your healthcare professional if there are any changes.

breast cancer self-exam regularly

How Should A Breast Self-Exam Be Performed?

1) In the Shower

Using the pads of your fingers, move around your entire breast in a circular pattern moving from the outside to the center, checking the entire breast and armpit area. Check both breasts each month feeling for any lump, thickening, or hardened knot. Notice any changes and get lumps evaluated by your healthcare provider.

2) In Front of a Mirror

Visually inspect your breasts with your arms at your sides. Next, raise your arms high overhead.

Look for any changes in the contour, any swelling, or dimpling of the skin, or changes in the nipples. Next, rest your palms on your hips and press firmly to flex your chest muscles. Left and right breasts will not exactly match—few women’s breasts do, so look for any dimpling, puckering, or changes, particularly on one side.

3) Lying Down

When lying down, the breast tissue spreads out evenly along the chest wall. Place a pillow under your right shoulder and your right arm behind your head. Using your left hand, move the pads of your fingers around your right breast gently in small circular motions covering the entire breast area and armpit.

Use light, medium, and firm pressure. Squeeze the nipple; check for discharge and lumps. Repeat these steps for your left breast.

breast cancer self-exam instructions

Can I Rely On Breast Self-Exams Alone To Be Sure I Am Breast Cancer Free?

Mammography can detect tumors before they can be felt, so screening is key for early detection. But when combined with regular medical care and appropriate guideline-recommended mammography, breast self-exams can help women know what is normal for them so they can report any changes to their healthcare provider.

If you find a lump, schedule an appointment with your doctor, but don’t panic — 8 out of 10 lumps are not cancerous. For additional peace of mind, call your doctor whenever you have concerns.

Here’s how you can join the fight with Wacoal and Susan G. Komen:

Fit-For-The-Cure

Come in for a complimentary bra fitting

Wacoal will donate $2 to Susan G Komen
for every fitting, no purchase required*

Wacoal will donate an additional $2 to
Susan G. Komen for every Wacoal bra
purchased at the event.

Wacoal is a proud partner of Susan G. Komen. In the past 18 years
we have donated more than $5 million dollars to help fund breast cancer research
and other community programs through Fit for the Cure and other initiatives.

 

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