With the arrival of October, the whole world turns to an important topic – the fight against cancer. Special emphasis is placed on breast cancer, which is responsible for 25% of all malignant diseases in women. That’s why we will move away from chocolate topics and encourage our readers to take action for the purpose of this fight.
It is important to note – THE EARLY STAGE OF BREAST CANCER HAS NO VISIBLE SYMPTOMS. Early detection of breast cancer significantly contributes to successful treatment, and the first step in this fight is breast self-examination.
Breast cancer is a serious disease, but early detection increases the chances of a full recovery. In addition to self-exams, regular mammograms are also key to early detection. Every woman over the age of 40 should have a mammogram every 2 years, while for those with a family history of breast cancer, an earlier start to mammograms is recommended.
Breast self-examination is a simple procedure that every woman can perform regularly at home. This involves a careful examination of the breasts to detect any changes, lumps or other irregularities. This process should be done every month. Early detection of problems can mean the difference between successful treatment and disease progression.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR BREAST SELF-EXAMINATION
Breast self-examination is a simple and powerful tool for early detection of breast cancer. Carry out regular self-examinations.
- Choose the right time
Choose the same day every month. It is ideal to carry out a self-examination a few days after the end of menstruation.
- Use the mirror
In front of the mirror, visually inspect your breasts. Look for symmetry, changes in size or shape, redness or swelling.
- Check by touching
Using gentle pressure, begin to gently examine the breasts with your fingers. Make circular movements with your fingers along each breast. Watch for lumps, knots or pain.
- Check the nipples
Inspect your nipples, looking for any changes in texture, appearance, or discharge.
- Inspect the armpit area
Do not forget to examine the lymph nodes in the armpit area. Feel for changes, lumps or pain.
If you notice any changes or irregularities, contact your family doctor immediately. Early detection of breast cancer increases the chances of a complete recovery.
Remember, taking care of your health is the most important investment you can make.
In Croatia, the SVE za NJU Association provides support to women with breast cancer and their families, educates about the importance of prevention and early detection, and promotes a healthy lifestyle. They also organize various educational and rehabilitation programs, as well as psychosocial support for female patients.
We invite all readers to support the SVE za NJU Association with donations to help in their selfless mission. Every donation can help provide support for breast cancer patients, education and prevention, and promotion of a healthy lifestyle. Also, by sharing information about the importance of breast self-exams and mammograms, we can work together to reduce the number of breast cancer patients and increase the chances of a cure. Let this October be the month in which we all contribute to the fight against breast cancer and improve the health of women around the world.
Instead of buying chocolate, do good this month and donate to the SVE za NJU Association. Using mobile banking, you can upload a barcode and donate the amount you want. Thank you!