Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), also referred to as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM), is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of cancer. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer.
Breast self-massage is simple, helps prevent cancer as well as detect it. Breast self-massage helps keep breast skin supple. Breast self-massage is a way to be intimate with your breasts. Breast self-massage is a piece of women’s wisdom. Breast self-massage is safe. Breast self-massage is free.Many of the women I’ve talked with say they don’t do breast self-exams, though most think they ought to. No one wants to look for (or, heaven forbid, find!) cancer. We’ve been trained to avoid danger, and looking for cancer sounds like looking for trouble. Our bodies are influenced by what we think, so how can it be safe to spend time every month doing a breast self-exam, worrying if we’re about to find a lump? But we feel guilty when we don’t.
And what are we supposed to feel when we touch our breasts anyway? They feel full of lumps! Most of us aren’t sure how to touch or examine our breasts or what we’d do if we did feel something truly suspicious. Our guilt and confusion make it all even more complex.
Breast self-massage offers a way to let go of this tension and get in touch with yourself. This soothing, nurturing self-massage is a pleasurable and relaxing way to get to know your breasts. It avoids the worry of checking for cancer while providing an excellent early-warning system should cancer arise. Regular, loving touching of our breasts allows us to recognise normal breast changes without fear and gives us time to respond thoughtfully to abnormal changes. Breast self-massage is also a quiet, focused time that alerts us to any changes that require our attention.
Infused (not essential) herbal oils are an important element of breast self-massage. When herbs are infused into oil, active plant components are liberated and can be massaged into breast tissue – where they help reverse abnormal cellular changes such as hyperplasia, atypia, precancers in cancers. But if you don’t have any, plain olive oil works fine.
Now. Anytime. All the time. Sure, your breasts are less lumpy at some times of the month. But you can do breast self-massage whenever you want, even if they’re lumpy. If the best time for you to pay attention to yourself is when you bleed, because that’s when you take the time to be alone, then that’s the time to do breast self-massage. You could do it every week and get to know how your breasts change with your cycle and with the moon, but most likely you’ll do it every month. I like to do my breast self-massage monthly.
First, get your oil, then, create a comfortable, private place where you can lean back: in a warm bath or prop up with cushions in bed. (Protect linens and clothing from oil stains.) Arrange yourself there, bare-breasted, with your oils close at hand.
Let your eyelids fall. Put your hands over your heart and hum. Cup your breasts with your hands and hum. Imagine or visualise energy streaming out of your nipples. Allow your breasts and heart to open and flow as you hum.
Open your eyes. Transfer some oil to your palms, rub your hands together briskly until they feel warm. Place them on either side of one breast and hum.
Cup your fingers alongside or under your breast, thumbs touching up as high on the chest as possible. (If your breasts are very large, rest the right breast in the right palm and massage with the left thumb, starting in the armpit and moving toward the center of the chest.) Press in and slide your thumbs down toward the nipple, pressing the breast tissue into your fingers and palms. Stretch your thumbs up toward the collarbone again, but slightly farther apart, press in and slide down.
Continue until your thumbs are as far apart as possible (the middle of your chest and your armpit). Repeat, gradually increasing pressure, but only as long as it feels good. Caution: There is a slight possibility of spreading breast cancer through vigorous massage, rough handling, or very deep pressure.
Transfer more oil to your palms and rub your hands together. Cup your breast as before, thumbs up and touching. Hum. Repeat the previous pattern, but break up the stroke: Instead of a long, slow, smooth stroke, use your thumbs to make a lot of overlapping short strokes, gradually moving down the chest. Try various degrees of pressure.
Raise the arm of the breast you’re massaging, and put your hand behind you or on your head. If your breast leans to the outside, prop a pillow under that shoulder or lean over. Cover your breast with your free hand and hum.
Dip your fingers into your oil and starting with your armpit, press the finger pads of your first two or three fingers down with enough pressure to hold the skin, and make a small circle. Don’t let your fingers slide over the skin. Keep making little circles (with enough pressure to feel the underlying structures) as you trace an imaginary spiral from your armpit around and around your breast, growing ever smaller until you reach your nipple. (If it is difficult or impossible for you to use your finger pads, use your palm.) Cover your breast with your hand and hum.
Curl your fingers into your armpit and gently grasp the ridge of lymph-rich tissues and muscles that extend from the shoulder down into the breast. Move up and down this ridge several times, using small squeezes or long glides or little spirals or your own strokes.
AFTERWARDS . . .
After your breast self-massage, take a moment to record your experience. This will help you learn more quickly what’s normal for you. You can draw a map of your breasts to help you remember what you’ve felt. Try using colours.If you like, make up a little song to hum during your massage. The keynote in breast self-massage is the pleasure.
I would love to hear your view on this topic, kindly use the comment box. Also, don’t forget to share this with your loved ones, spread the word lets all join hands and fight this deadly disease.Let’s connect on Twitter Instagram Bloglovin and Pinterest
Wishing you all a fruitful week ahead
Lots of love
Brenda's CouchOctober 26, 2016 at 12:48 am
Hey Tess, This is more than educative. I was just commenting on one blog on Monday concerning breast self massage where my mum told me some few years ago to always do that once a while.
The very first time i saw her doing it i just laughed Because it was funny to me, but when she took time to explain to me why, i was amazed at my ignorance.
The way Breast cancer is rapidly spreading is alarming. People need so muh enlightment on it.
NIce tips girl and thanks for bringing this up.
tr3ndygirl fashion blogOctober 26, 2016 at 1:24 am
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BeautetudeOctober 26, 2016 at 2:02 am
This is such an important post and very informative. It's so important to do self exams.
jodie filogomoOctober 26, 2016 at 2:15 am
This really is more important than we know!
It's so easy to let life get in the way…but if we are faced with life changing issues—it's good to realize that these little exams can make a difference!!
Sharon Wu of Style LullabyOctober 26, 2016 at 2:53 am
Such a great post and amazing information here. Thank you for sharing. I will definitely have to try doing this self-exam to stay healthy! xo, sharon
Laura MitbrodtOctober 26, 2016 at 2:58 am
Thank you for sharing all of this important information
FASHION TALESOctober 26, 2016 at 4:57 am
What a wonderfully informative post. My mum had breast cancer last year but thankfully she is cancer-free now. It is very important for women to know their bodies and get regular examinations. Have a great week. /Madison
Yiotou_LaOctober 26, 2016 at 7:17 am
Great post lovely! It is so important to check ourselves and know our body and be able to recocnise any changes that may happen. So many women are diagnosed with breast cancer these days and it is so sad! Thank you for sharing this! 🙂
glowy shoeOctober 26, 2016 at 9:55 am
Breast cancer is seriously a deadly disease.. Some people and tuned to the belief that whatever you don't know won't kill you.. That's why it pays to be enlightened.. Nice writeup hun..
Paty DominguesOctober 26, 2016 at 10:39 am
Excelente post, temos que divulgar sempre, todo o cuidado é necessário
gem-gem-gemOctober 26, 2016 at 10:56 am
Great post, this is so important. Gemma x
That New DressOctober 26, 2016 at 11:51 am
Such a great thing to write about. It's so important we all learn about checking our bodies and being aware. xx
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I think it's an important subject and we must talk about it. Thanks for sharing your ideas. Amazing post, like every time. 🙂
Style For MankindOctober 26, 2016 at 12:20 pm
Really nice post!
LenyaOctober 26, 2016 at 1:42 pm
Thx for sharing this important post with us.
Jovana VukicevicOctober 26, 2016 at 1:53 pm
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Blissy JoyceOctober 26, 2016 at 3:04 pm
This is actually a pretty helpful post for those like me who aren't exactly aware of what we can do to make sure that we are all okay. Very informative post and worth the share 🙂
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Paola LauretanoOctober 26, 2016 at 3:16 pm
So helpful, thanks for sharing this easy method doll!
KatiOctober 26, 2016 at 3:24 pm
So important to check on yourself!
SauniyaOctober 26, 2016 at 3:31 pm
This is a great post Tessy. So very important.
It's important for women to examine their breast frequently. That way we know immediately if there is any change, so we can act as soon as possible.
A few things I want to add. Whn doing a breast exam, you should check the appearance first to see if there is no change in the skin texture or bruise like appearance. You should also check the nipple and make sure they appear as usual. Press on them and make sure there is nothing coming out. And also check also with light pressure check the armpit. You shouldn't feel any lumps there. (I know this from med school 😉 )
Thank you for sharing Tessy
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Andreea BirsanOctober 26, 2016 at 6:31 pm
Your tips are always so useful! More women should be aware of this issue! Thanks for sharing. Have a lovely day! <3
Jalisa GironOctober 26, 2016 at 6:43 pm
I grew up having my mom perform these breast messages on me because she's had over 12 surgeries since her teens to remove fibroadenomas, which are the benign tumors. Back then, they didn't have such advanced technology they do now, in which in most cases, they don't need to be removed, rather monitored to ensure they don't change shape or become malignant. She currently has 30 in both breasts. When I was in my late teens, I stopped performing my BSEs and found out I had a fibroid in my right breast during a routine doctor's visit. I had some indicators that something was wrong, but I ignored them all. This past spring, another was found which is being monitored. I say all this to reiterate the fact that you are SO right in saying that we should be performing these messages; I found the second one that way. It makes you more in tune with your body, making it easier to notice any odd changes. Thanks so much for bringing awareness to such an important topic and practice and I hope you have the most amazing day, beauty!
Bubu GreenOctober 26, 2016 at 8:12 pm
Thanks for these tips, Tess
Angie EspañaOctober 26, 2016 at 10:01 pm
Great post dear <3
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TinyTiffOctober 27, 2016 at 11:17 am
Hi Tessy! Thank you for bringing awareness to this! Great post! Have a blessed and beautiful weekend!
Denise SabsOctober 27, 2016 at 11:27 am
It's really so important to spread this campaign, breast cancer kills so many women every year and if we do things regularly, we can save our lives, and by spreading the campaign, save other people's lives as well, which is so important! Such a great post, it's always important to think of other people, you are amazing!
Il bello per me home & beautyOctober 27, 2016 at 1:44 pm
per fortuna di questo argomento si parla molto spesso, prevenzione
awhiteOctober 27, 2016 at 4:02 pm
Self exams are so important! Great post!
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Holly OliviaOctober 27, 2016 at 7:26 pm
This is such an important post, and so well written! Cancer is horrible and it is so important to check for early signs of it! x
Alicia MackinOctober 27, 2016 at 10:13 pm
Very important topic and excellent post. Very in depth and if it helps just one person it has done it's job.
NaomellaOctober 28, 2016 at 11:22 am
This is such an important topic. I lost my mom because of cancer, not breat cancer, but it is an horrible experience. My first dog died because of breast cancer and last week we learned that one of my dogs has it too. I just pray that we will make it somehow. Anyway selfexams can be life saving so thanks for sharing! xoxo
Gigi KatzOctober 28, 2016 at 8:28 pm
thank you so much for sharing this! the importance of regular breast exams is so great! xx. gigi. http://www.gigikkitchen.com
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theSTYLetti dot-comOctober 30, 2016 at 10:17 pm
You read my mind as to why I have put off self exams! Great post and great suggestions to make the whole experience a positive one. Thanks for sharing! XO