HOW TO PREVENT YOU SPOUSE FROM BREAST CANCER - TEACHING MATERIALS-TEACHERS' SHORT STORIES AND ARTICLES- LEISURE

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Thursday, 28 September 2017

HOW TO PREVENT YOU SPOUSE FROM BREAST CANCER



Breast cancer is a serious illness and it is important to be proactive about feeling for lumps, tenderness or any abnormalities on the breast. Instead of doing it yourself, though, you may as well ask a partner to examine breasts and you can return the favour, since breast cancer may attack both genders. Around 240000 women and 2000 men are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. About 1 in 8 women are predisposed to develop breast cance over the course of their life. In addition to lung cancer, breast cancer death rates are higher in America , and diagnosing and treating that cancer early, the survival rate is 99%. Risk Factors for Breast Cancer: Obesity Began menstrual period before age 12, and menopause after age 55 Family history of breast, colorectal, or ovarian cancer ovarian cancer personal history Smoking birth control pills If you are physically active or not Symptoms To Look For: A lump, firm knot, or thickening in the breast A change in size or shape of breast(s) Lump under the arm Nipple pain, tenderness or discharge, including bleeding A nipple turning inward or inverted Change in texture or skin color Breast that feels swollen or warm Itchiness, soreness, or rash on the nipple It’s time for the exam. Ask your partner if you can perform the exam. Make sure you ask this otherwise he/she might think that you got lazy or methodical with foreplay. The first thing to know is that the exam should be done just after a woman’s period has ended. This will ensure most accurate results, as breasts will not be tender or swollen. Step 1: Have your partner lay topless on a comfortable surface like a bed or sofa. Make sure the area is well lit and have him/her put one arm behind the head. You can prop this shoulder up with a thin pillow. Step 2: Take your three middle fingers and apply slight pressure to the breast on the same side as the raised arm. Using the pads of your fingers, not the tips, gently use enough pressure to feel for lumps, knots, or thickening. Step 3: Use a pattern of your choice. Go up and down vertically as if your drawing invisible lines, or start on the outside of the breast and spiral in until you hit the nipple. Keep this pattern constant when you do the exam, and don’t forget to feel underneath the armpit. Additionally, check to see if there is a difference in skin texture or tone, or any discharge from the nipples. Step 4: Have your partner raise the other arm and repeat the exam on the other breast. Step 5: When you finish examining your partner’s breasts, have him/her stand up and start the exam from the beginning because breasts feel different when a person stands upright. Be mindful of the various symptoms to look for and make sure you examine the breasts the same as you did when your partner was lying down. Doctors advise a self-examination for breast cancer once a month after a woman’s period has ended, so you can continue to do this to your partner once a month. Being proactive about performing breast exams is a great way to catch breast cancer in the early stages, in the event that it occurs.
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