It all begins with the most dreaded and the stressful annual visit to the gynaecologist and the uncomfortable mammograms where our most sensitive parts become pressed between coooolllldddd plates to avoid hearing the most feared word by all women. BREAST CANCER. Each and every one of us have been affected by this diagnosis, we have either lost loved ones, watched a family member or friend go through the scary journey, or been diagnosed ourselves. This month we pay tribute to the women who survived the battle, the warriors that are still fighting and we honour the strong who were taken to soon.
1 in every 28 women in South Africa will develop breast cancer in their life time and although breast cancer doesn’t discriminate against any age the scary risk is that women are becoming affected at a much younger age. So as an Educator and the love we have for each and every one of our students it should become our mission as women to educate and increase awareness of this disease and create a support network to walk alongside our loved ones and their cancer journey.
It all begins with a look and feel.
Every woman’s breasts are different and your breasts will change with age and different times of the month. It is important that you know how your breasts look and feel normally so it will be easy for you to notice any unusual change. Many symptoms of breast cancer are invisible and can only be noticed by a mammogram or ultrasound, however many symptoms can be caught early by just looking and feeling
Here are some guidelines you should follow as a daily routine to help you notice any changes.
So I encourage you to join me in wearing the pink ribbon proudly this month to show our support and to create awareness, let us take ownership of our personal health. Let us make it our responsibility to empower the women in our lives with educating them about breast cancer, the health risks and recognising the early warning signs.
If you are looking for information about breast cancer or need support for someone that has become diagnosed or has the fear that they might have symptom’s please find below the CANSA Association details.
The CANSA association provides free screenings all over South Africa and hosts many educational events,