Do Your Breasts Matter?
The breast is a modification of the skin and its glands. Besides its well known function of nutrition to a baby, it is a joy giving part of the body. Pleasurable to look at because of its aesthetic value and pleasurable to touch because of the erotic nerve endings, no one can hate the breast. Except some cells who fail to participate wholly in the circle of life -birth, life, death and birth all again.
These cells become immortal, dividing into more immortal cells – it’s a vicious cycle. Destruction is all they know. They first grow as a tiny lump. With time they get bigger, attaching to the skin and giving it a rough, orange peel appearance. Sometimes, abnormal nipple discharge might be one of the first symptoms seen. If nothing is done quickly, it may grow so large and affect the shape and size of the breast. It may even become ulcerated.
Breast cancer is not just a threat to our breasts but to our lives. It has taken our lovers, mothers, daughters and even sons. Yes, breast cancer can also affect men. Its effect may be longterm, from loss of the breasts to a recurrence. To avoid the effects of breast cancer, we need to remind ourselves and our loved ones that our breasts need to be checked always. Our breast matters and need all our care and love.
Let’s remember to always examine them for lumps or abnormal changes. It is said that a lot of people have been able to catch lumps early enough to save their lives. And this isn’t excluding those found during a romantic fondle amongst lovers – it’s all about looking out for each other. If you observe any changes, report quickly to your nearest health care provider.
Are you a breast cancer survivor? Do you know any breast cancer survivor? Do you want to share your story to encourage and inspire others as we mark this year’s Breast cancer awareness month? Please send your story to: Nigeriandjudju@gmail.com