Pink ribbons: everyone knows what they represent. Everyone knows how terrible breast cancer is, but how many of us have the courage to check and make sure we’re not at risk? How many of us actually know how to properly check? Are we just feeling ourselves up without truly knowing what we are looking for? Potentially.
A brief overview of what breast cancer is, for those who are not all to educated on the subject, is cancer that develops from breast cells and typically starts in the inner lining of milk ducts for a female. This malignant tumor inside the breast can then spread to other parts of the body, and in many cases, it does.
I am here to tell you how to properly check for the boob menace. This is not just for our girl readers, guys listen up because this can affect you too. Even though the audience reading this are mainly teens to young adults it is never to early to start checking, or at least knowing how to check properly. Despite all the resources out there telling young women and men how to check for said cancer very few reach out to the resources because they are not set within their typical Teen Vogue magazine. Now, take the time and read this amongst the weekly Spotify playlist, newest poem or art sequence, and educate yourself on something crucial for health and potential future survival.
(Image by Anne Irving)
You should start by using your opposite hand to the breast you are checking. Use a gentle yet firm pressure whilst move the tips of your fingers all over the breast and armpit areas in circular motions. Check for anything that seems out of the ordinary feeling of your breast tissue, especially lumps. Then, even though it may seem uncomfortable, make sure to squeeze your nipple and check for discharge and uncommon lumps there. This should be done at least once a month, and while you get older, more frequently.