This week a new Kaiser Permanente study was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute stating that women diagnosed with breast cancer, who previously breastfed their babies, had a 30 percent overall decreased risk of the disease recurring.
Researchers also reconfirmed that the protective effect of breastfeeding was more pronounced for the most commonly diagnosed of all breast cancers.
Breast Cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in this country in women. Across the board, one in eight British women will develop breast cancer at some point in their lifetime which is a phenomenal statistic.
I recently came across the Breakthrough Breast Cancer‘s iBreastCheck app and was intrigued and impressed. I have to admit, to the absolute disgust of my husband, that I don’t regularly check my breasts but I think that this app might be a gamechanger. It’s simple to navigate, sets up regular check reminders and identifies the changes to look out for.
They say it’s as simple as TLC!
TOUCH your breasts. Can you feel anything unusual?
LOOK for changes. Is there any change in shape or texture?
CHECK anything unusual with your doctor
The app has a video that goes into detail on how to check properly and my ignorance was pretty shocking considering that I thought I was just looking out for lumps. I obviously know a heck of a lot better now.
The interface is pretty basic but it doesn’t need to be all singing and dancing. Its primary purpose is to remind me to check my breasts and show what I need to look out for. And it does just that.
Will you commit to checking your breasts more regularly? I will.