Taking Control of Your Health during Breast Cancer

Taking Control of Your Health during Breast Cancer

Empowering Nigerian women is about providing them with the knowledge and skills that are essential for navigating life’s challenges. Breast cancer awareness is a vital part of this comprehensive empowerment, particularly for survivors of gender-based violence. It’s a declaration of personal strength and determination.

Understanding breast cancer, from prevention to early detection, is of utmost importance. It’s about equipping Nigerian women with the information they need to make informed decisions about their health. Knowledge is a powerful tool, and in this context, it can make a difference between life and death.

Preventing breast cancer begins with awareness. Nigerian women need to be aware of risk factors, lifestyle choices, and the role of genetics in breast cancer. At Precious Rubies, our health education initiatives focus on sharing this knowledge, emphasizing the importance of a healthy lifestyle, regular exercise, and a balanced diet. We firmly believe that the more Nigerian women know, the better equipped they are to protect themselves.

Early Detection: A Skill that Saves Lives

Equally important is the ability to detect breast cancer early. Performing breast self-exams is a powerful skill, putting the ability to spot changes in one’s body in the hands of Nigerian women. At Precious Rubies, we provide guidance on conducting self-exams and encourage regular self-checks. Early detection can lead to early treatment, significantly improving the chances of survival.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Breast Self-Exams: Taking Charge of Your Health

Breast self-exams are a powerful tool for women to take control of their own health. They empower you to spot changes in your breasts early, which can make a significant difference in breast cancer outcomes. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to perform a breast self-exam and encourage you to make this a regular part of your health routine.

Step 1: Choose the Right Time

Select a time when your breasts are least likely to be tender or swollen. Many women find it most comfortable to perform a breast self-exam a few days after their menstrual period ends. If you no longer have a menstrual cycle, simply pick a day of the month that’s easy to remember.

Step 2: Stand in Front of a Mirror

Begin by standing in front of a mirror. Look at your breasts in the mirror with your arms at your sides. Take note of any changes in size, shape, or skin texture. Look for any dimpling, puckering, or changes in the skin, and examine your nipples for any unusual discharge or inversion.

Step 3: Raise Your Arms

Now, raise your arms and observe your breasts from different angles. This can help you identify any changes in contour or shape.

Step 4: Examine Your Breasts

To examine your breasts, you have two options: lying down or in the shower.

Option A: Lying Down

  1. Lie down on your back with a pillow under your right shoulder.
  2. Place your right hand behind your head.
  3. With your left hand, use the pads of your fingers to explore your right breast gently.
  4. Use small, circular motions, starting from the outside and moving inward.
  5. Pay attention to the entire breast, including the nipple and the surrounding area.
  6. Repeat the process on your left breast.


Option B: In the Shower

  1. In the shower, let your fingers glide over your breast using the same circular motion.
  2. You can perform this step with the help of soap or shower gel to make it smoother.
  3. Make sure to check every part of your breast.


Step 5: Check Your Armpits

Don’t forget to check your armpits for any lumps or changes. The lymph nodes in your armpits are an essential part of breast health.

Step 6: Examine Your Nipples

Gently squeeze each nipple, checking for any unusual discharge. If you notice any discharge other than breast milk, consult a healthcare professional.

Step 7: Repeat Regularly

Perform this breast self-exam once a month. Regular self-checks can help you become familiar with your breasts’ normal texture and appearance, making it easier to spot any changes.


Conclusion: Taking Control of Your Health

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a time of unity when communities, and organizations like Precious Rubies come together to make a difference. We firmly believe that empowering Nigerian women is about thriving, not just surviving, and about taking control of their lives.

As the month unfolds, let’s remember that knowledge empowers, early detection saves lives, and support can make the journey more bearable. We encourage all Nigerian women to take control of their health and embrace the power of awareness. With knowledge as their weapon, they can become the authors of their own stories, navigating life’s challenges with grace and resilience.

Remember: Knowledge is power, and your health is precious.


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