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National No Bra Day
I admit to using a bit of click bait here. One obvious reaction to the title of this thread can be humorous. However, it disguises a very important topic - breast cancer. Please read on.
NATIONAL NO BRA DAY
National No Bra Day on October 13th encourages wearers to leave that bra at home.
The day promotes breast cancer awareness. It also helps raise money for research. Many women who have survived breast cancer are unable to go without a bra as they need it to hold their prosthesis after surgery. Additionally, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and No Bra Day should serve as a reminder for all women to be screened for breast cancer. Most types of breast cancer can be treated if caught early.
Screenings and breast exams are a part of the early detection process.
The first line of defense is a monthly self-breast exam. The best time to do a breast exam is about ten days after the onset of your menstrual cycle. However, fickle as breasts can be, we do become familiar with them even if they are lumpy. We learn what’s healthy or not. For example, they change texture over the month. Sticking to the same time each month will provide a more accurate exam. For those who don’t menstruate, choose a day of the month always to perform the exam.
As you become more familiar with the shape and texture of your breast, take note of any changes. Use the mirror to help you, too. Dimpling, swelling, and redness will be signs to look for.
When you schedule an annual appointment with your physician, make sure a breast exam is completed, too. Tell your doctor about any changes. If you or your doctor notices any signs, the doctor can order tests, including a sonogram or mammogram.
Finally, a preventative mammogram is the last line of defense. Today’s mammograms offer more vivid detail of the breast tissue. Baseline mammograms are provided around the age of 35 unless family history indicates sooner. The baseline mammogram provides a comparison view for your physician should something develop later down the line. Women age 40 and over are recommended to receive yearly preventative mammograms.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NoBraDay
Take charge of your health and make an appointment for a mammogram. Encourage others to do the same. Learn the best time and way to complete a self-breast exam. Other ways to participate include:
- Set a reminder in your calendar to complete monthly breast exams
- Share your experience with getting a mammogram. Take the mystery out of the exam for others.
- Organize a fundraiser. Whether it’s for those without health coverage or to support breast cancer research, you will be making a difference.
- Make a list of questions to ask your doctor. It will help you to approach the subject of breast exams more easily.
It is also National Metastatic Cancer Day.
I have dear friend who recently was diagnosed as cancer free after a tough, prolonged treatment. I'm glad to still have her around. You may know women, especially younger ones, who don't take this topic seriously enough. Please let them know it is a serious issue about which they can actually do something.