MYA Breast Pledge
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we want all our patients to be breast aware, not just this month but every month.
In celebration of breast awareness we've launched the #MYABoobHeroes campaign; we asked 31 women to pledge to check their breasts and share a photo with MYA to spread the word and encourage others to check their breasts too.
Throughout October we'll be sharing daily posts of our #MYABoobHeroes who have pledged to check their breasts. We wanted to celebrate ALL boobs so we're featuring a range of breasts including non-patients, staff, pre and post-op breasts and even men (as they need to check their pecs too)...be sure to check them out on social media this month!
Join the MYA movement to help raise awareness and encourage others to check their breasts too by tagging us in your photos and using the hashtag #MYABoobHeroes.
What's normal for you?
We want our MYA community to understand the importance of breast health and awareness. Getting to know your breasts and what’s normal for you is so important as this can lead to early detection. Having a healthy relationship with your breasts is key. It's important to understand how your breasts change during your menstrual cycle, to check your breasts regularly and to be aware of the sign and symptoms of breast cancer. The better you know your breast and your 'normal' the more likely you are to detect any unusual changes.
If you notice any unusual changes - always seek advice from your GP!
Follow this simple guide to help you identify any signs and symptoms:
How do I check my breasts?
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in the UK. Most women diagnosed with breast cancer are over 50, but younger women can also get breast cancer. In this video, MYA's clinic nurse Joanna takes you through everything you need to know for a self-breast exam.
Learn about the 8 signs and symptoms that you need to look out for and follow these detailed instructions on how to perform a self-breast exam for men and women.
About 1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. Early detection could save your life, therefore it is vital that women check their breasts regularly for any changes and always get anything unusual checked by your GP.
How do I check my breasts with implants?
Can I still check my breasts now I have breast implants? YES!
It is important to wait until you are fully healed and have been signed off by your nurse before you begin to start checking your breasts again. Once you are at this stage, you need to get to know your 'new normal' - understanding the difference between your breast tissue and the edge of your implant is key!
You can also still have mammograms - just make sure you let your GP know beforehand.
Check out our YouTube video - Breast Exam with implants!
Give your breasts some TLC!
For more information visit CoppaFeel for their Boob 101 on performing breast checks!
Need a reminder to check your breasts? Breast Cancer Charity, Coppafeel offer a FREE monthly text reminder.
Sign up to receive a FREE text reminders from Coppafeel - Text BOOBS to 70300