We all have ‘em, so let's talk about them. The “girls”, chichis, tatas, bosom, bazingas, the bust, your boobs. We all have them and hope that they fit in our dream wedding dress just so. But in order for them to fulfill that dream, we have to make sure that they are healthy. Since it is breast cancer awareness month, let's talk about how to do just that.
Know The Symptoms
Now, as we are sure you are well aware, no two breasts are the same. But there are some warning signs that you can be on the lookout for:
- Feel for lumps in your breast or in your armpits
- Is there unusual swelling?
- Check for skin dimpling
- Nipple retracting (turning inward)
- Nipple discharge other than breastmilk
- Sudden change in shape or size
It is important that if you see or feel any of these changes, make an appointment and get checked up by your doctor. Sometimes a lump is just a clogged milk duct or a change in size can be a shift in weight or a symptom of pregnancy.
Now, we are not doctors here at Brilliant Bridal, but we want to give you all the best information. So we’ve included some links that have instructions on how to do a breast self-exam. These will outline how to perform a self-exam, and how often based on any known medical history. Again, if you have any questions, please reach out to your primary care advisors!
Cancer Treatment Centers of America Breast Self-Exam
Cleveland Clinic Breast self-exam
Check Your Family History
Some cancers can be genetic. Talk to your immediate family and see if anyone has a history of cancer. Do you or your parents not know familial medical history? Be on the safe side and get some genetic testing done, especially to see if you have the BRCA gene that can leave you at a higher risk of getting cancer.
Support The Cause!
We are proud supporters of Brides Against Breast Cancer and encourage you to be the same. They believe that early detection is key in treatment. You can also donate a wedding dress in great condition to them! They will resell it and all proceeds will be donated to cancer research, and you’ll receive a 501(c)(3) tax receipt from them! You can also donate money directly to them to fund cancer research or even volunteer your time! Find out more about BABC on their website here.
We said it before, we’ll say it again, we are not medical professionals here at Brilliant Bridal. We are not experts in cancer, only in dresses. But, as a woman-owned and operated business, we do firmly believe in the health and wellness of all brides and the people in their lives. So get the girls checked, and stay healthy out there ladies!