October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and a good time to do a self-assessment on how often you’re doing breast checks. Ideally, you’d want to do them monthly so you can establish a conscious routine and relationship with your body. That way, if something changes—you know about it!
We consulted the team at Keep a Breast, which offers an app that walks you through the self-check process step-by-step. We also asked them for some context around the process and some good strategies for prevention. Here’s what they shared:
“While the best time to check yourself is about a week after your period, if you don’t menstruate—pick any day. It is important to check yourself at this time each month so that you're familiar with how you typically feel, and thus can easily detect any changes or abnormalities. Knowing what is “normal” for your body could potentially save your life!”
In addition to regular breast checks, there are many of preventative steps to take as well, as scientific studies have shown that around 90% of all cancer cases (breast cancer included) are likely caused by lifestyle and environmental factors. The Keep a Breast team provided us with a handful of these preventative tips in their "Prevention Checklist" which you can check out below!