by Hannah Joyce
I am an 18-year-old college student. Breast cancer is not something I think about. About six months ago I noticed a lump on my breast. It had a white head, so I just assumed it was a zit/cyst. I didn’t think it was anything to worry about. I casually mentioned it to my mum, she didn’t seem worried, so I just forgot about it. (At the time she didn’t fully understand that it was on my breast) Two months ago I mentioned it to my Dad, he asked how long it had been there? I told him a while. He told me to call the doctor right away. I didn’t understand the urgency, but when he explained, the fear settled in. As I waited for the doctor come check me out the nerves began to set in. Thoughts were running through my head. Some being that I am so young, I am just entering college, I can’t have cancer. Luckily for me, it was not breast cancer. It was a cyst, but for so many women they are not as lucky as I am.
Let’s breakdown some common myths. The following things do not cause breast cancer…
- Cell Phones
I am sure we have all heard ‘don’t put your phone in your bra, you will get breast cancer.’ This terrified me for years until I educated myself concerning the topic of breast cancer.
Let’s talk about prevention, how can you take care of yourself….
- Self Exams – It is recommended that women regularly exam their breasts (Once a month) to make sure there is nothing alarming going on. And you can for sure make this fun, set some time aside every month and treat yourself. This could be a bubble bath or anything your heart desires to make the examining of your breasts a little bit more enjoyable.
- Seeing your doctor on a regular basis (Usually once a year). As ladies, we all know how much of a pain it is to get those pelvic exams/pap smears, but they are NECESSARY and very IMPORTANT. It’s the boring self-care that we have to do. But it could save your life in the long run.
- Mammogram time! Mammograms are suggested for ladies over 40 years old. They are to be done yearly. I know my own mom doesn’t really like these, but this is another tool that is available to us. This could be the difference between life and death.
The above information was found in an online booklet provided by the National Breast Cancer Foundation, it is completely free.
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