The pink ribbon-we can do much more than we think

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“Mamma I love you .. I care for u ” this was what my 5 year old told me giving this as soon as he was back from school.He did not know the reason behind this small gift but i knew he meant it and reminded me that i need to take care of myself .

 

 

 

The pink ribbon worn in the month of October as a part of breast cancer awareness month in support of  women with breast cancer.

Y wait till October to become aware .Let us do it right now.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women world wide.But how much do we know about it ??. There is still so much need and scope for awareness.We do not take it seriously in the subcontinent unless we know someone who is suffering from cancer or is on treatment .

But before u read ahead please remember that when u find a breast lump , it does not always mean cancer, there are many other causes for a lump in breast which are more common than carcinoma. So do not panic. All u have to do is take immediate consultation with your doctor- surgeon or your gynecologist who will guide you further regarding what tests you may require based on your individual condition.

So here i am sharing  some things about breast carcinoma  which may help us fight it together.

Breast cancer is treatable when detected early. So awareness is a crucial part.

The first step is self breast examination- that is examining your own breasts to look for any lumps or signs of carcinoma.

  • All women above the age of 20  should be practicing this self breast examination.
  • Frequency? maybe once a month preferably the days just after your monthly menstruation/ periods is complete.

Here are simple instructions how it can be done.

  1. Begin by looking at both breasts in mirror with hands on hips and shoulders straight. Look for their usual shape , size. Any nipple or skin changes.
  2. Now do the same with your arms raised above your head. Also look for any nipple discharge.
  3. Now feel the breasts while lying down.Use the tips of your fingers and keep them together. Use right hand for left breast and vice versa.You can use either circular motion or above downwards and side to side motion to cover the entire breast (from collarbone to top of your abdomen, from armpit to cleavage).
  4. Now repeat the same  either in sitting/standing position.

U can follow the link here for picture illustration of self breast examination

Next is screening,

Let me first introduce you to term screening . Screening is the medical term used when we look for a disease before it causes any symptoms or signs.So in this context we are looking for breast carcinoma in earlier stage even before it causes any symptoms or signs.

The tool used for breast carcinoma is called mammography. It is something similar (but not same) to radiograph/ x-ray of the breasts. It is started at the age of 40-45 years and then repeated every year. This applies to individuals with no family history of breast cancer /any other risk factors. If you have a known risk factor like anyone in the family has had carcinoma of breast  or any radiotherapy to chest due to some other reasons then you may have to start screening at an earlier age.

Please discuss with your doctor when u have decided to opt for screening as they may be able to guide and suggest to you  the nearest appropriate center and further details. 

Once screening mammography is done , if the report is normal, u should be returning back for your screening next year with self breast examination in the between time.

If the mammogram shows any suspicious lesion, then your doctor will be guiding you to take further tests accordingly to confirm the lesion.

Red flags : ( needs immediate attention)

  1. nipple retraction , new signs of inversion (pushed inwards instead of pointing out).
  2. breast lump with or without pain.
  3. any type of discharge from nipple.
  4. skin redness, soreness or rash

Any of the above signs, needs earliest consultation with the concerned doctor.

MYTH FACT
Breast cancer occurs in elderly Breast cancer can occur at any age
Breast cancer occurs only in females Very rarely can occur in males
Breast cancer cannot be treated Can be treated if detected early

Is it not easy?

 

How can we contribute. Again simple.

Practice self breast examination.

Share the information with ladies around u and spread the awareness. Somewhere someday someone may be benefited. You never know.

 

 

The all new me..

Make no mistake about it.. Enlightenment is a destructive process.. It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier..It is the crumbling away of untruth..It is seeing through the facade of pretense..It is the complete eradication of things we imagined to be true..by Adyashanthi..

Sometimes it just takes a moment to realise the truth and sometimes decades of experiences, incidents  and opportunities.

Though i am the same basic soul, i have evolved into a different person (read it as better person though  i don’t expect everyone to agree) .

It all started with my journey to Singapore and then the trip to London reinforced it. yes i love exploring cities, travel around the world, learn new things.

And then we moved to Dubai, where i started exploring myself to realise i had protocolled myself wrongly.

I started my culinary journey around 6 months ago. Learning, cooking , experimenting new flavours and cuisines. Ya previously i did  cook ,to fill the tummies but this was different.I had my own doubts about the sustainability but it still is continuing. I do instagram my culinary journey in the account name  home_makers_ring. So please do follow me if it interests u and keep me motivated. I have long way to go before i do food blogging/ do my own recipes. 

And now here i am blogging . Hope to keep up the project and see where it takes me.

U don’t have to see the whole staircase to take the first step , because every step in right direction counts.

What can u expect from my blog?

Though i suppose its too early for me to pinpoint. I would rather say few posts will definitely be about Dubai ( read it as mydubai) , kids , health , food or any other random subject that interests me.Hope you will follow my blog and keep me going.