I mean… how terrible can it be to touch a bit your boobs once per month? You know you must check them regularly, don´t you? Breast Cancer is one of the luckiest ones (if that makes sense), because by touching your boobs you could be detecting this awful illness.
Think about it, how lucky is that? If the Cancer was in any other part of your body, you could not feel it. Think of the ovaries, your kidneys, your lungs… But the boobs, they are there, nicely placed on the front part of your body, available for you to feel at any time!
Just do it.
Your hands can be a very accurate method to detect a lump, and much faster than any other medical device. It is also a free procedure, and painless! Absolutely convenient for you. What do you have to think about?
Do not be scared. If you are, why? You´d probably answer that you are terrified of having Cancer. Well, I understand, but don´t be. It is just another illness, and if you ask me, I´d say better than losing your eyesight or the mobility of your legs, for example. At least, this is an illness that has a treatment for it (most of the times). At the very least, you can fight it. You could lose, that is true, but there are great chances for you to win, especially if you catch it early.
And how do you catch it early? You are right: By touching your boobs regularly.
But let me tell you another little secret. Men should check their boobs as well, because 1% of men actually develop Breast Cancer.
Just feel your boobs. It will take you no more than five minutes. If you catch a malignant tumour in time, before it spreads, it will soon be history; another anecdote to talk about in the future with your friends and family.
Come on, check those boobs in the shower, once per month, after your period has finished. If you are a man, you pick the day you want!)
Lift your arms, and feel them. Lie down and feel them. They won´t break; I promise you. Do you know how to check them? Don´t worry, as none of us did at the beginning, but there is much information out there to teach you how to do this properly. Check the NHS website or Breastcancer.org. Check YouTube, if you prefer so! The Internet is filled with information about it.
Click here and have a read:
Some people think a self-exam won´t be helpful in order to detect Breast Cancer, but let me tell you that it absolutely is.
In the UK, for example, a yearly mammography exam at NHS starts when women are 50 years old, and in Spain it starts at 45 in La Seguridad Social, just to give you some examples.
Well, I am 37 and I would have been dead already if I had not found my lump while taking a shower. I never did a self-exam; I just found mine by the grace of God, and because my breast is small. If it was big, I would have never noticed the lump, because I never touch my boobs, let me be honest with you, and, indeed, I would be dead by now. So thank God for my hands and my willingness to touch my precious boobs.
So touch your boobs. And now, tell me, do you notice anything weird? Any lump at all? Nothing? Great! Then go back to your usual life, and do not forget to check them again next month!
Wait, is there anything there? Then, first of all, don´t panic. It could be nothing serious. The chances for you to have Cancer are minimal.
What? Do you want to know numbers? Then, this isn´t the place for you. I don´t care that much about numbers, you see? Figures make us nervous and only indicate a probability, but that number might be wrong for you.
I just know that there are more chances for that lump to be a cyst or a benign tumour than a malignant one. But there is indeed a chance, and that is why it is so important for you to book an appointment with your doctor and check that lump properly.
Yes. It could be Cancer, and if it is, then you need to start getting ready for this battle.
Try to see the good in all it. It is all very scary, but by touching your boobs you might have saved your own life.
I was really scared of having Cancer, and that is why I never checked my boobs. Can you believe it? What a contradiction! You are very scared of having Cancer, so you don´t check your boobs at all, so Cancer can kill you quietly? Because it will at some point.
The thing is that if you are one of those really scared of having Cancer, you probably have a good chance to get it yourself. Why? Because the mind has a fundamental role in what happens to our bodies.
Do not be scared. You can do it. You can do everything you wish, actually. The human being is extremely adaptable to all kinds of situations. You would be astonished about the things we can do to survive. You can absolutely do it.
Now go feel those boobs of yours, come on!