If you've suddenly seen a lot of pink on your social media newsfeed, there's a good reason why. July marks another month of Breast Cancer awareness, with Pink Ribbon breakfasts being hosted around the country to raise money for all-important research.
Last year around 120,000 Kiwis went to one of these events, which raised a whopping total of $1.9 million.
In addition, hairstyling company GHD have launched their pink collection, with $20 donated to research for every pink hair styling tool sold. Together with the Breast Cancer Foundation, they've provided some tips for checking your breasts - which they say should be as regular and important as getting your hair done.
If you're hosting a Pink Ribbon breakfast this July, this is a great piece of information to provide to guests!
Top tips for checking your breasts:
The best time to check is usually the week after your period when your breasts aren't as tender or lumpy.
In the shower or bath
It may be easier to check your breasts while you’re in the shower or bath as your hands are wet, making it easier to slide them over your breasts.
An easy way to check your breasts is to:
- Raise one arm above your head.
- With the flat of the fingers on your other hand, press into your breast, feeling for any changes - softly at first and then more firmly.
- Check the entire breast area, from your collarbone to under your breast, and from the side of your breast up into your armpit. A good way to do this is to move your hands over your breasts, in an up-and-down or circular motion. This is an easy way to make sure you’ve checked the whole area.
- Repeat on the other breast
If you have larger breasts, it may be easier to check when you're lying down so your breast tissue is flatter.
- Place a folded towel underneath one shoulder and put your arm above your head.
- Using your other hand, check all over your breast, including the nipple, up to the collarbone and under your arm.
- Swap the towel to your other shoulder and repeat on the other side.
You can also download the Breast Cancer NZ app Pre Check for more information, and to set a monthly reminder to check your breasts.