It bears repeating that breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that around 2.1 million women are afflicted with this disease every year.
Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’re here with a reminder on how you can take care of your breasts. Aside from self-checks and going to your doctor regularly, you can also ensure they’re healthy in other ways.
Here are some tips you can apply to your everyday routine (yes, even after October):
Check for lumps
You don’t need to go to your OB-GYNE to check if you have any lumps on your breast. The right way to do self-checks is by raising one arm and using your free hand to feel around the breast and areola areas for lumps—start from the sides going to the center. It’s recommended by the National Breast Cancer Foundation that you do this while lying down or while facing a mirror. You can do this at least once every month.
According to The New York Times, 80 percent of women don’t know their real bra size. That may not be a big deal, but wearing the right bra can lessen back pains and pinching on the skin. It’s also important to find a bra that’s comfortable for you, and to be careful with underwired bras. She Finds noted that a badly-fit underwired bra can cause back and neck pains.
Of course, if wearing a bra isn’t for you, you can skip it altogether. Remember that your comfort is important, and that there’s nothing shameful about freeing the nipple from time to time. In fact, Bustle notes that going braless can improve blood circulation and strengthen breast tissues.
Here’s something we learned recently: There are different kinds of boob sizes and shapes. If society and the media made you believe that the “perfect breasts” are big and perky, not saggy, that’s utter BS. Instead of worrying about whether your breasts pass sexist beauty standards, you should be ensuring they’re healthy. This is also a mindset you should have with how you view the rest of your body.
Art by Tricia Guevara
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