Did You Get Your MAMMOGRAM-AH?!

Did You Get Your MAMMOGRAM-AH?!

by Najaam Lee
Divas For The Cure!

Ok! So time to get a little serious, but still have a twist of fun while doing it.

Let’s talk about the BIG M. Yes, Mammogram. OMG! do we really? Yes sweetie, we gotta. The more informed you are, the better towards a healthier life. So lets begin…

What is a Mammogram?

Great question. According to the National Cancer Institute, a mammogram is an x-ray picture of the breast.

Mammograms can be used to check for breast cancer in women who have no signs or symptoms of the disease. This type of mammogram is called a screening mammogram. Screening mammograms usually involve two x-ray pictures, or images, of each breast. The x-ray images make it possible to detect tumors that cannot be felt. Screening mammograms can also find micro calcifications, (which are tiny deposits of calcium) that sometimes indicate the presence of breast cancer.

Mammograms can also be used to check for breast cancer after a lump or other sign or symptom of the disease has been found. This type of mammogram is called a diagnostic mammogram. Besides a lump, signs of breast cancer can include breast pain, thickening of the skin of the breast, nipple discharge, or a change in breast size or shape; however, these signs may also be signs of benign conditions. A diagnostic mammogram can also be used to evaluate changes found during a screening mammogram or to view breast tissue when it is difficult to obtain a screening mammogram because of special circumstances, such as the presence of breast implants

Photos below show without cancer and with cancer.

Normal Mammogram

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Normal breast without cancer/ credit Wikimedia

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Cancer Mammogram

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mammogram with cancer detected/ credit Wikimedia

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How to do a Self Breast Exam?

According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., they suggest that women of all ages should begin a selfie once a month, especially if you have a history in your family of breast cancer. Its a good idea to start early. Below I have posted a bit of info on going about a self exam, plus to get the full step by step go here on the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. website: http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-self-exam

Once a Month

Adult women of all ages are encouraged to perform breast self-exams at least once a month.  Johns Hopkins Medical center states,

“Forty percent of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who feel a lump, so establishing a regular breast self-exam is very important.”

While mammograms can help you to detect cancer before you can feel a lump, breast self-exams help you to be familiar with how your breasts look and feel so you can alert your healthcare professional if there are any changes.

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Do a Self Breast Exam Monthly/ credit: National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc.

1) In 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.

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I truly hope this bit of info is helpful and can get you started on examine your own breast. We are given such beautiful sets of boobs, but its also beautiful if we do not have them. Its wonderful to know that we can also live with a set of boobs. Yet, its best to know and be informed and take action early than to be in the dark and getting information last minute. Wouldn’t you agree?

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