To BSE or not to BSE, that is the question!

3 Oct
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Breast Self Examination

You may or may not know that October is Women’s Cancer awareness month.

How many of you have been approached by friends, family, co-workers to support their efforts in some way or another, to raise money for cancer research.  Participating in raising funds is epic to the success, that one day, a cure will be found for cancer.

One may ask, what is BSE? Breast Self Examination or BSE is something that many women don’t know about or understand. How many of us don’t even like looking at our bodies? If we had a choice, many of us would get dressed in the dark all the time! We don’t even want our spouses to look at us completely naked, but that’s another topic for another day.

On a serious note, according to Canadian Cancer Society it is important for women to “Know your breasts”.

          Know your breasts

All women should be aware of what is normal for their breasts even if they get regular screening tests. Many women find their own breast cancer by noticing changes in the look and feel of their breasts.

Women can become familiar with their breast tissue by looking at and feeling their breasts. In the past, experts suggested that this be done in a certain way each month. Research has shown that this isn’t necessary.

There really isn’t a right or wrong way for women to examine their breasts. They just need to know the whole area of their breast tissue well enough to notice changes. This includes the entire breast area up to the collarbone and under the armpits, as well as the nipples.

Tell your doctor about any unusual changes to your breasts. Most breast changes are not cancer. It may be normal for your breasts to be lumpy or tender before your period.

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Whether you choose to do a monthly BSE or not, it is important that as women, we are aware of our bodies, and that we pay attention to anything that may or may not look normal. Early detection is paramount. The sooner we detect something is wrong, the sooner intervention can be implemented.

Let’s hope that one day, a cure will be found so that we can beat this terrible disease. One day at a time. We can be stronger, wiser, healthier, better, and aware of the importance of knowing about cancer awareness and supporting cancer research.

To BSE or not to BSE, that is the question?

What are you going to do?

Be aware!

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