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Breast cancer has always been a taboo subject.

Women do not feel comfortable talking about it in the open because it is something that they wish they could avoid getting.

It’s like,

“Choiiiiii! Do not talk about breast cancer because talking about it can bring me bad luck and make me get it too, ley!”

But the actual fact is being female and having breasts is the highest risk factor.

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UNFORTUNATELY, THERE IS NO CURE AS YET. 

IN OTHER WORDS, WE ARE ALL AT RISK OF GETTING BREAST CANCER, LADIES. 

So is this the reason why Angelina Jolie had both her breasts removed?

 

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Picture Credit: www.mirror.co.uk

In case you did not/forgot to/never read the news, Jolie underwent a preventive double mastectomy recently after she found out that she that she had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer. A mastectomy is an operation that removes all or part of the breast. Weeks after Jolie had a mastectomy, she underwent reconstruction of the breasts with an implant.

SO WHAT’S YOUR TAKE ON THIS?

Will Angelina Jolie’s decision to have both breasts removed influence other women to have (unnecessary) double mastectomies? Or will it make other women more aware of their options? What choices are available to women who do not have the means to go for extended medical procedure like a mastectomy, for instance? The issue of affordability was not even an issue in the case of Jolie’s mastectomy. But in reality, it is always an issue. The media was just raving about her decision to undergo mastectomy, really. 

I have to applaud Angelina Jolie regardless. She did not even have breast cancer in the first place; she had a high risk of it. So the mastectomy that she underwent was not to treat an existing disease or condition. It was simply a preventive action. Now, how many of us would actually have the courage to make the same choice like Jolie? Not me, for sure.

You know, breast cancer is curable if detected early. And if detected early, you can save a lot on the medical costs too.

There are many ways to protect ourselves against breast cancer.

How to?

  1. Be physically active by exercising 3 to 5 times a week for at least 30 minutes each time. Now, this is something that I have stopped doing on a regular basis of late. So once I am done with this post, I am going to head down to the gym and resume my exercise regime.
  2. Maintain a healthy weight. Studies have shown that eating a diet high in fat will increase the risk of breast cancer. The more obese you are, the higher the risk. And there’s one way for you to maintain a healthy lifestyle while lending your support to all breast cancer survivors out there! Oh yes, I am talking about the Pink Ribbon Walk 2013. Want to register? Click HERE.
  3. Breastfeed our babies instead of formula feeding them, if possible.
  4. Be aware of breast cancer and the symptoms
  5. Screen ourselves for breast cancer regularly

 

Early detection offers more treatment options and a better chance of survival and recovery. We should detect changes in our breast through:

  1. Breast Self Examination
  2. Clinical Breast Examination  
  3. Mammography 

 

At this point, I know exactly what you are feeling. You are afraid to get mammograms because you are just so worried the results might dictate your future. Am I right? I know, I feel the same way too actually. It’s like I would rather live in the dark then to face the truth.

BUT.

 

Being able to live a cancer-free life with your loved ones, and being able to look at the future with no fears is more precious than anything else.

Knowing that you do not have breast cancer versus the time and effort required for an examination, or any discomfort you may feel, which would you prefer? Only through breast screening can you detect very small cancers (if any) before the lump can be felt in the breast(s). If breast cancer is caught and treated while it is still confined to the breast ducts, then the cure rate is close to 100 percent!

So do not fall into the booby trap, pun intended.

Some myths and facts about breast cancer!

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For a start, let’s do a Breast Self Examination (BSE) at least once a month!

The best time to do a BSE is 7-10 days after the start of menses because that’s when the breasts are least tender!

 

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So how do we do a BSE? 3 steps:

  • Looking for changes at the mirror
  • Feeling for changes lying down
  • Feeling for changes while in the shower

 

While doing a BSE, look for:

  • A lump that persists
  • A change in the size or shape of one breast
  • A dimpling or puckering of the skin (like orange peel)
  • A retraction (pulling in) of the nipple
  • A discharge (clear or bloody) from the nipple

 

If any of these changes are felt or seen, consult a doctor immediately my dear babes.

“To all those fighting some kind of a battle, know that you are never alone. If that battle happens to be breast cancer, let BCF help you through your healing journey. Find out more at http://www.bcf.org.sg/

And do not forget to visit the Breast Cancer Foundation in FB right HERE.

To end it off,

“If only women paid as much attention to their breast as men do.”

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