BE BREAST AWARE
Be breast aware in 3 easy steps!
... YOUR FAMILY HISTORY!
If you have had multiple cases of breast or ovarian cancer in your family *, you may genetically be at a higher risk of developing breast cancer. There is the opportunity to seek predictive genetic counselling from a doctor you trust. Please note: if a predictive genetic test is recommended to you and the result is positive, this still does not mean that cancer will occur. At the same time a negative result does not mean that you will not get cancer but only that you have no genetically increased risk. To summarize, these tests are designed to help you identify a potentially higher risk and - based on that - perform the next two steps with greater attention and on a regular basis!
... YOUR BREASTS!
Breast awareness is not about monthly checking anymore. Breast awareness is about knowing how your breasts usually look and feel like, and identifying anything abnormal during activities like showering or getting dressed. Has anything changed in size or shape? Do you see redness, crusts or other anomalies? Do you feel a lump while touching your breasts? It is important that you have no fear should/in case you discover something! It might well be a harmless knot or hardened tissue that poses no danger. The best way to find out though is to make an appointment with your gynaecologist or family doctor to get a professional diagnosis.
... YOUR OPTIONS!
Now the most important thing: if you have opted for a predictive genetic test or if you recognize something unusual in your breasts that you want to discuss with your doctor, then do not be afraid and act with self-confidence! A good doctor will go through the various options with you step by step, answer your questions and finally discuss with you any possible tests, treatments or even surgeries. Do not let yourself be intimidated by medical terms and do not let yourself get persuaded to something that you are not convinced of or that scares you. If this is the case, you should consider getting a second opinion or visiting another doctor. Contact your local Cancer Association for advice.
If you had more than two cases of breast cancer in your family and / or are above 40, it is advisable to do regular mammograms. Please speak to your doctor who will provide you with details, respectively refer you.