Diem Angie talks about “Breast Cancer and Breast Cysts” + How To Correctly Perform a Breast Exam

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Remember when I said my blogs will be more personal for 2013? Well…I now have a section called “Diem Angie Talks” under “Because we Care“!! “Diem Angie Talks” will have nothing related to hair  and makeup && will focus more on…humm…. how do i sum it…ahhh…… LIFE !

Here it goes!!

When I was 18 I noticed a lump on my right breast and ignored it because honestly… I did not know what to think about it. I was terrified and told myself that if I continued praying it would go away. Unhappily a year later, (yeah, I waited for a year… stupid right?) it did not get smaller or go away on its own. I knew it was time to schedule an appointment with my gynecologist and was ready to face the “bad news”.

 Leading up to the appointment felt like death because I never told anyone what I was happening.   You know that feeling when you know you’re in big trouble but you don’t want to tell anyone because you don’t want to upset/scare them? Yeah, that’s how I felt!

 The good news was that I don’t have tumor or breast cancer. What I do have though is 6 cysts on my right breast and 4 on my left. Talk about a breath of fresh air right?

I’m going to go off topic here and talk about “breast cysts”.

They are fluid-filled sacs within your breast, which are usually not cancerous. It’s common for women before menopause, between ages 35 and 50, but can be found in women of any age (again I was only 18). They don’t require treatment unless a cyst is large and painful. My cyst is on top of my bone therefore I was able to find it easily. Although it’s not dangerous… it’s still not a good thing to have since I’m young and have more than 4 on each breast.. sighhhh. I have been doing regular monograms/ ultrasounds to make sure it’s not growing (definitely something you should check up on if you haven’t done so!). I’m going to wait one more year and decide if I’m going to remove them. I’m not a fan of surgery… but again who is???… Eh, again good news is that it’s not a tumor or breast cancer.

 Okay back to the topic of breast cancer….

 Monthly breast exams are important ladies!!!!! Breast cancer can strike at any age!!! women of every age should be aware of their personal risk factors for breast cancer. Again, you know your body best!! Did you knowthe youngest girl who got diagnosed with breast cancer was only 10? Read it HERE:

For those who are younger and reading this.. I really hope this will help you be more aware of your body. If you find anything unusual, don’t wait a year like I did. Please go get it checked out immediately. 

Below is guideline on how to do a breast exam properly + more information. Credits taken from: http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-self-ex

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how to do monthly breast examsIN THE SHOWER 

Using the pads of your fingers, move around your entire breast in a circular pattern moving from the outside to the center, checking the entire breast and armpit area. Check both breasts each month feeling for any lump, thickening, or hardened knot. Notice any changes and get lumps evaluated by your healthcare provider.

how to do monthly breast exams

IN FRONT OF A MIRROR 

Visually inspect your breasts with your arms at your sides. Next, raise your arms high overhead.

Look for any changes in the contour, any swelling, or dimpling of the skin, or changes in the nipples. Next, rest your palms on your hips and press firmly to flex your chest muscles. Left and right breasts will not exactly match—few women’s breasts do, so look for any dimpling, puckering, or changes, particularly on one side.

how to do monthly breast exams

LYING DOWN 

When lying down, the breast tissue spreads out evenly along the chest wall. Place a pillow under your right shoulder and your right arm behind your head. Using your left hand, move the pads of your fingers around your right breast gently in small circular motions covering the entire breast area and armpit.

Use light, medium, and firm pressure. Squeeze the nipple; check for discharge and lumps. Repeat these steps for your left breast.

importance of breast examsymptoms and signs of breast cancera change of breast or nipple experience If you need more information or having problems reading the photos….. check HERE   .

Although it might seem strange or inconvenient at first, it’s so east to perform and will only take a few minutes! What are you waiting for?

Love, DA !

M o r e   i n f o