Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in Australian women, with over 3,000 losing their life each year.
Project Pink isn’t just about raising funds for innovative research, but also encourages women to be proactive with their health, early detection is key to a more positive prognosis.
Look at your breasts in the mirror with your shoulders straight and arms at your hips.
Look for changes in - size or shape of your breast, colour and texture of your skin (redness, puckering, swelling or dimpling) and nipple position or inversion.
Raise your arms and look for the same changes.
Look for fluid coming out of one or both nipples. Eg. watery, milky, yellow or blood.
Feel your breasts while lying down.
Use a firm, smooth touch with the first few fingers pads of your hand, keeping the fingers flat and together. Use a circular motion, about the size of a $1 coin.
Feel your breasts while sitting or standing, using the same technique as step four.
As well as doing your regular breast exams, you should also be checking:
- Cervical cancer (25 years+), every 5 years
- Heart health (45 years+), every 2 years
- Diabetes Type 2, every 1 to 3 years
- Bowel cancer (50 years+), every 2 years
- Bone density (60 years+)
- Dentist, optometrist and skin checks, annually