Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A Reminder to do Boobie Checks

Ladies: this is your reminder to start doing monthly breast exams. If you're not comfortable doing them, ask your significant other to do them. Don't know how? There are plenty of materials online or you can ask your doctor. They would be more than happy to show you how.

What brings on this post? Well, today I had a patient who came in for a rash. It was the worst on her chest. While I'm examining her rash, I'm thinking "Hmm she has the strangest looking breasts with all those scars. I wonder what she had done." Well, ignorant me assumed since she was so young that it was cosmetic reasons. Actually, at the ripe old age of 26 she had breast cancer, needed a double mastectomy, and had reconstructive breast implants. 26? 26???? That is one year older than me. Seriously, that is scary. It is really easy to think that breast cancer only happens to older women. We are wrong. I saw it today.

So whatever you call them: Breasts, boobies, tatas, knockers....check them out. Be kind to them and practice good breast health. And seriously, if you really don't know how to do them and can't get any information, send me an email. I'd be happy to help.

2 comments:

  1. You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.............................................

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  2. Thanks for the reminder. I really should re-read how to do them. A good friend is going through round 2 of chemo now. Had a double mastectomy either during pregnancy (is that possible?) or right after the birth. She has 2 little ones, and barely has the energy. Reminds me to appreciate every day.

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