Think Pink, Be Safe, Feel Your Boobs!
:.:.: 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime :.:.:
:.:.: About 40,000 women in the U.S. were expected to die in 2014 from breast cancer, though death rates have been decreasing with help from earlier detection through screening and increased awareness :.:.:
:.:.: About 85% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer :.:.:
Check out this video to see how
many people actually check out your boobs daily
...when was the last time you checked yours?
Here is a quick easy 5-step self breast check!
* Begin by looking at your breasts in the mirror with your shoulders straight and your arms on your hips
You should be looking for:
* usual size, shape, and color
* evenly shaped without visible distortion or swelling
Call your doctor if you see:
* Dimpling, puckering, or bulging
* A nipple that has changed position or inverted
* Redness, soreness (not PMS), rash, or swelling
* Hold your hands and raise your arms above your head like you're stretching and look for the same changes
* I know it sounds gross, but next do a quick check to make sure there aren't any signs of fluid coming out of one, or both nipples
* Now, lay down and feel your girls using your right hand for your left, and then your left hand to feel your right.
Use a firm, smooth touch with your fingers flat and together in little circles (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 stomach
* From your armpit to your cleavage
* Follow a pattern to be sure you cover every inch!
(try moving up-and-down like you're mowing a lawn)
* Finally, sit up and feel your breasts in the same way to make sure you cover all surface area like you did laying down
* I think it's easiest to feel my girls like this when my skin is wet and slippery, so try doing this last step in the shower!
*** It's a lifesaving habit to do every time you wash your body! ***
Think pink, be safe, and feel your boobs!