Give Yourself A Good Grope!Tips For Breast Cancer Self Checks.

It’s time to think PINK and have some fun with your lady pals during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2014. If you have been following the media lately you will have heard some remarks about breast cancer being very well marketed. All, I can say, is fantastic and thankyou to all of those people, many celebrities amongst them, who take the time to get the message out into the public forum. The money raised for research into new treatments and ultimately, we hope cures, along with the awareness and education are gratefully received by those whose lives have been affected in some way by this undiscriminating disease.

I doubt there is one of us reading this now who could honestly say that their lives have not been touched in some way by breast cancer, either personally, or through a friend, relative or work colleague. In fact, breast cancer is still the most common cancer among Australian women.Give Yourself A Good Grope!

The statistics are confronting but our increased awareness means they have dramatically improved over the years.

  • 89% of Australian women are still alive 5 years after diagnosis, this is the best survival rate in the world!
  • 83% is now the 10 year survival rate
  • 1 in 8 Aussie women will be diagnosed with breast cancer by the time they turn 85
  • More than 15,200 women will be told they have breast cancer in Australia this year. That is 42 every day!
  • Sadly, 7 will lose their lives to breast cancer every day amounting to more than 2700 deaths every year.
  • The average age of diagnosis is 60, although the disease can strike women much younger.

Early diagnosis is the key to long term survival, as the earlier a cancer is found, the more effective the treatment. Although the experts have changed their view on the traditional once a month ‘self-examination’ method, they say that the key to early detection is how well you know your body and how quickly you report any changes you find to your doctor.

These are the most important points to look out for as well as adopting the ‘know your lemons’ principles.

  • Be familiar with the look and feel of your breasts, especially while showering, dressing or applying creams and moisturisers.
  • Be aware of your family history as you may be at increased risks if you have a close relative who has been diagnosed with the disease such as mother or an aunt.
  • If you do suspect something is not quite right, don’t delay, see your GP immediately
  • Know what to look for, any changes in the appearance, shape or any unusual pain which doesn’t go away.
  • To help you understand what is important to look for when it comes to changes in your breasts, here are the 12 signs you should know and do something about if they persist, namely ‘Know Your Lemons’. http://www.worldwidebreastcancer.com/Breast Cancer Awareness2

So, how can you join in and help raise money and awareness in your area?

Pink Ribbon day is Monday October 27th October and you can do your bit by hosting and registering your event at http://pinkribbon.cancer.org.au/ , or alternatively registering as a volunteer to sell merchandise in your local area on the day.  Some ideas to stand out in your crowd may be to –

  • Wear Pink!
  • Dye your hair pink – perhaps a wash out rather than a permanent!
  • Host a pink meal – breakfast, morning tea, lunch, a pink Aussie BBQ
  • Have a girl’s night in, invite all your girly friends and have pink champagne and pink themed food.

Whatever, you choose to do, make sure that you mark the occasion with love and laughter and a true zest for life.

How has breast cancer touched your life?

What are you going to do to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month?

http://canceraustralia.gov.au/healthy-living/campaigns-events/breast-cancer-awareness-month

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