BREAST CANCER – Save Your Own Life Today!
Q. Why should I do a breast self exam?
A regular breast self-exam can help you know how your breasts normally look and feel, so you will notice any changes.
When you find a change, you should see your health care provider. Most breast cancer lumps are not cancerous according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, but only a health care provider can advise you for sure. Early detection of any lumps allows you to have more treatment options and a better chance of recovery. A breast self exam does not take the place of getting an annual mammogram.
Q. What am I looking for when I do a breast self-exam?
When you put on your E-Z Self Breast Chek Shirt, you are looking and feeling for a lump or any change that is different from the rest of your breast tissue. Because the shirt is form fitting and very sheer, your breast tissue is enhanced so any abnormalities can be seen right away. Then by following the diagram and rotating the fingers where the semi circles are located, you will feel if there are any lumps immediately.
If you find a lump or any other change in your breast during your exam and the other breast feels lumpy as well, this could be normal. As you get to know your breast by doing self-exams, you should be able to tell the difference between lumpiness and what may be different. As always, notify your physician when you find anything unusual.
Besides a lump or swelling, other changes could be; skin irritation or dimpling, nipple pain or nipple turning inward, redness or scaliness of the nipple or breast area, and a discharge other than breast milk are clear signs that you should notify your health care provider immediately.
Q. How Often Should I do a Breast Self Exam (BSE)?
A breast self-exam is recommended every month a few days after your period ends. During this time, your breasts are less tender or swollen. If you no longer have a period, choose a time each month to do the breast self-exam. It is important to do your breast self-exam at the same time every month. The enclosed calender and place for dates and notes in your kit will help you keep track.
Women in their 20′s, and 30′s should have a clinical exam every 3 years.Women in their 40′s should have a mammogram annually.
Women who have a generational risk of Breast Cancer should be checked more frequently. Ultra Sound and an MRI are additional methods used for screening.
Performing a monthly BSE is the best way to get to know your breast and find abnormalities earlier than not doing anything at all.
Q. I have very large breast, will the shirt fit me?
Yes, The garment will stretch to accomodate very large breasts, such as KK cup sizes and band sizes above 50. The larger the breasts the normal tendency is for them to sag. The shirt also covers that as well. Because of the light lycra in the shirt, it will hold the breast tissue in place.
Q. Can I wash the garment?
Yes, wash the garment in cool or cold water and lay flat to dry.
Q. How Can I Stand Up To Cancer?
By purchasing The Breast Chek Kit, you are taking a stand against breast cancer by becoming more educated about your breasts. By performing a monthly breast self exam, you are taking a stand. By giving the kit as gift you are taking a stand. 10% of every purchase goes to Cancer research.
Common types of Breast Cancer
The most common types of breast cancer begin either in your breast’s milk ducts (ductal carcinoma) or in the milk-producing glands (lobular carcinoma). The point of origin is determined by the appearance of the cancer cells under a microscope.
In situ breast cancer
In situ (noninvasive) breast cancer refers to cancer in which the cells have remained within their place of origin — they haven’t spread to breast tissue around the duct or lobule. The most common type of noninvasive breast cancer is ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), which is confined to the lining of the milk ducts. The abnormal cells haven’t spread through the duct walls into surrounding breast tissue. With appropriate treatment, DCIS has an excellent prognosis.
Invasive breast cancer
Invasive (infiltrating) breast cancers spread outside the membrane that lines a duct or lobule, invading the surrounding tissues. The cancer cells can then travel to other parts of your body, such as the lymph nodes.
- Invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC). IDC accounts for about 70 percent of all breast cancers. The cancer cells form in the lining of your milk duct, then break through the ductal wall and invade nearby breast tissue. The cancer cells may remain localized — staying near the site of origin — or spread (metastasize) throughout your body, carried by your bloodstream or lymphatic system.
- Invasive lobular carcinoma (ILC). Although less common than IDC, this type of breast cancer invades in a similar way, starting in the milk-producing lobules and then breaking into the surrounding breast tissue. ILC can also spread to more distant parts of your body. With this type of cancer, you typically won’t feel a distinct, firm lump but rather a fullness or area of thickening.
- Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBF) Is a very rare and very aggressive type of Breast Cancer in which the caner cells block the lymph vessels in the skin of the breast. This type of cancer is called “inflammatory” because the breast often looks swollen and red or inflamed. It tends to be diagnosed in younger women compared to non-IBC breast cancer and occurs more frequently and at a younger age in African Americans than in Whites. Click here for more information on Inflammatory Breast Cancer.
Common signs & symptoms of Breast Cancer could include:
- Changes in how the breast nipples look and feel. There may be some tenderness, a lump or thickening in or near the breast or underarm area.
- Changes in the appearance of the nipples, such as the size and/or shape of the nipple. Possibly turned inward or the skin may be red, swollen, ridges, scaly, or pitting.
- Discharge from the nipple area.
Early Detection Saves Lives!
Early Detection Plan:
- Beginning at the age of 20: Performing a Breast Self Exam! The Breast Chek Kit can show you how.
- Age 20-39: Scheduling a Clinical Breast Exam every 3 years.
- By the Age of 40: Have a baseline mammogram and an annual clinical breast exam.
- Age 40-49: Having a mammogram every one to two years depending on medical and/or family history.
- Ages 50 and older: Having a mammogram every year.
The Breast Chek Kit™ can help you learn how to properly perform your monthly breast self exam. By marking on the garment and recording your results on the enclosed calendar, you are ensuring that you and your physician are up to date on exactly when your problem started.
Additionally, maintaining a healthy weight, following a low fat diet, getting regular exercise, no smoking, reducing caffeine and alcohol consumption ensures increased protection.
A breast chek kit consists of two micro-thin layers of polyurethane with a non-toxic lubricant sealed in between. When the breast chek is placed on the breast, the bottom layer gently adheres to the skin and remains stable allowing the upper layer to slide freely underneath your fingertips. As the upper layer slides freely over the bottom layer, friction is greatly reduced.
This results in what is called “sensory touch magnification,” or in other words your sense of touch is greatly improved thereby improving the effectiveness of all breast self exams you do as part of your breast health program.
Why use The Breast Chek Kit?
The most effective way to fight breast cancer is to detect it early! The Breast Chek Kit takes the guess work out of how to perform a monthly self breast exam accurately & consistently.
Here are a few reasons why:
- Easy to use tracing and tracking method.
- Following the diagram ensures all lymph nodes and breast tissue are covered.
Lymph Node Area
- Marking on the shirt allows for easy tracking and monitoring of any changes in the breast tissue monthly.
- Fits and feels like a second skin.
- Covers all sizes of breast tissue.
- Allows visually impaired women to perform a breast self exam with ease.
- Great teaching tool for teens who have more developed breast tissue to learn about their breast and the importance of breast health.
- Makes doing a breast self exam comfortable.
- Allows women of various religious beliefs to remain clothed while doing the exam.
- Allows you to “show” your physician how you perform your exam and exactly where any abnormalities may have been located.
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