I was surpised when my hospital thought that breast cancer in young women was well publicised and that there was a lot of breast awareness out there. Hardly any of my friends regularly check their breasts ( well they didn’t till 2 months ago when i was diagnosed with bc!). I just wondered how the younger ladies on here first found a lump or what prompted them to be seen by a doctor?
I have always been quite breast aware and examined myself every few months. I picked it up from tv programmes and magazine articles. At the end of february, three things happened in 24hours that made me realise i hadn’t checked my breasts for a few months. I read a magazine where amanda holden told a story about her own breast scare, then saw a breast exam on “embarrassing bodies” then read the start of a book called “the step mothers support group” where a character had BC. I then did a proper by the rules breast exam and found my lump.
So i am a cross between a self checker and outward events prompting me to check. I don’t think i would have found this lump accidentally for some time as i could only feel it when i was reclined with my arm above my head.
I realised i had been having low level breast pain for a month or two, but at 36 didn’t dream it was my breast, i thought it was my heart if anything but passed it off as paranoia!
So i just wondered how anyone else found their lumps and whether it was self exam, prompted by events or randomly finding it in the shower etc.