Breast cancer is the most common female cancer in the world and this is true for South Africa as well. It’s time for us to start talking to our sisters, mothers, daughters and friends about breast health. When was your last breast health check-up or when last did you complete a self-exam of your breasts?
Now is the time to act, share and be aware. Breast cancer is a curable disease if detected early. Here are the ways you can ensure that you are maintaining good breast health, at every age!
From the age of 20, women should know their family history of breast cancer and do a breast self- examination monthly.
Examine your breasts one week after your period ends. It is easy to do and only takes a few minutes. This way you will detect any changes in your breasts more easily.
Find our step-by-step guide to breast self- examinations here.
Women over 30 should know their family history of breast cancer and do a breast self-examination monthly. It is recommended to have a comprehensive clinical breast examination by a breast health professional every three years. This may include appropriate breast imaging.
Clinical Breast Examination:
A breast health professional will check your breasts and can demonstrate a proper technique for you to use for your self-examination.
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Women over 40 should inform themselves about the latest advancements in maintaining breast health. Breast cancer treatments and technology have improved dramatically in the past few decades. It is important to do a breast self-examination monthly.
The international recommendation to maintain breast health is a clinical examination with appropriate imaging, which is annual mammography with high definition ultrasound.
A mammogram is a low dose X-ray of your breasts. It can detect very small lesions which are not palpable but can be seen with imaging. This is the most important component and still the gold standard of early detection.
Utilises sound waves not audible to the human ear. It is used mostly to discover abnormalities found on mammography but will also discover some cancers not visible on mammography.
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