Simi and her partner Ajay were living a normal, happy life. They were God-fearing people and did not expect such a tragedy hitting their homes nor did they do anything to deserve this. Or did they?
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If you got the message in the video, spread it across so that no woman loses her breasts. October is the breast cancer awareness month and as they say, awareness is best defence against cancer.
What Does Breast Cancer Feel Like?
Breast cancer can often be difficult to detect in its early stages. While some with breast cancer will experience lumps, pain, swelling, and skin changes, others may experience no obvious symptoms.
The feel of a breast lump depends on its cause, location, and growth. They can vary greatly from painful, hard, and immobile to soft, painless, and easily moveable. Lumps are most likely to be cancerous if they do not cause pain, are hard, unevenly shaped, and immobile.
Fibroadenoma lumps tend to be painless, easily movable, smooth, rounded and can disappear on their own. Breast cysts are smooth but firm. Breast abscesses and mastitis usually cause painful, swollen lumps, and are often accompanied by a fever and or redness around the affected skin.
Most early breast cancers are diagnosed on screening mammograms before a lump can be felt. Mammograms are the most effective method available for detecting breast cancer. However, mammograms are not 100 percent. Doctors recommend performing self-examinations at home every month to look for breast changes in addition to getting regular screening mammograms.
How to feel for abnormalities
Using the pad of the fingers, move in a circular motion from the inside, near the nipple, outward. People should feel for changes like lumps, thickenings, or pain.
Cover the entire breast area from the cleavage line to the surrounding chest, collarbone, and armpit area. This should be done both from side to side and up and down.
Light pressure should be applied closer to the surface of the breast and nipple. Medium and firm pressure are needed to properly check deeper tissue and tissue closer to the rib cage and back muscles. The nipple should also be squeezed, checking for discharge, lumps, and pain.
The same routine should also be carried out while lying down, allowing the breast tissue to rest evenly against the chest wall.