Whether you’re an AA or a DD, most of us don’t give our breasts a thought on a day-to-day basis.

Despite the many clues, changes in breasts are missed or ignored. This can lead to a late diagnosis of breast cancer.

In honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October) Gugu Intimates hosted an intimate brunch for 20 women and challenged them to get measured and checked.

“Measuring your cup-size and getting the right sized heightens your sensitivity and awareness of any sudden changes or abnormalities that may otherwise go undetected when experiencing discomfort due to an incorrect bra size,” says Gugu Nkabinde, Founder and CEO of Gugu Intimates.

She says that measuring your cup-size and getting the right sized bra is something women should be doing at least once a year.

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Breast cancer self-examination

Here are her tips for doing breast cancer self-examination at home:

  • Stand in front of mirror with shoulders straight and hands on hips. Check that breasts and nipples are their usual size, shape, and colour. There should be no swelling, redness, or puckering/distortion.
  • Raise arms overhead and repeat the visual examination, looking for any changes in normal breast appearance.
  • While still at the mirror, look for any fluid or signs of fluid coming out of the nipples.
  • Lie down and check each breast with the opposite hand. Place the non-examining hand behind the head.
  • Using the pads of your three middle fingers, move your hand in small circular motions around the breast. Continue the process over the entire area – from clavicles to rib cage and from armpit to cleavage. Use different amounts of pressure, starting each area with a light touch and progressing to deep pressure before moving on to the next spot.
  • Try the lie-down check while in the bath or standing in the shower. Water reduces friction and makes it easier to feel small irregularities.

Get a professional opinion

It is good to know your own body and notice changes as they happen, but it’s always a good idea to also get a professional check done by a doctor. Let your doctor know if you have noticed any changes during your self-examinations.

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