Boob Boss: Your Breezy Guide to Self-Examination
There are some parts of adulting that I don’t do out of laziness — like flossing my teeth or changing my windscreen wipers (I have learnt to live with the smears across the glass).
Some other parts of adulting I put off doing because they make me anxious. Like screening my boobies for lumps or other warning signs of breast cancer.
Our brains are weird. Checking our bodies regularly actually makes us safer, as we can detect changes early. Yet it feels scary because we are living happily, and by self-checking, we might reveal problems we didn’t know were there. That knowledge feels intimidating, but in reality, it allows us to take control of our own health.
I know this on a logical level, but I have long struggled to take the step of self-screening, so I wanted to write an article that would address not only how to do it but how to overcome the anxiety around the experience.
So, if you share the same struggles as me, let’s do this together. It’s not as scary as it seems.
Getting Started: Learning to Self-Screen
The good thing about boobs is they’re pretty and squishy and all different sizes. Boobies are great. I love boobies.
Sorry, I got distracted.
I meant to say that the good thing about boobs is that they are an easy part of the body to access and examine. They’re right there! We can see and feel them, making it easier to detect early signs of growth in the breast tissue.
This is called Breast Self Examination, and it is a proactive and empowering way of taking control of your own health. While self-examination does not replace regular clinical breast examinations by healthcare professionals or mammograms, it is a valuable part of breast health awareness, as it can be done frequently, and from the comfort of your own home.
There are different options for doing the screening: in the shower, lying down, or standing in front of a mirror. The goal is to know your “normal” so you can spot any irregularities, so it is best to pick a place where you are…