Thursday, January 17, 2013

LADIES, HOW FAR DO YOUR BREASTS EXTEND?




It was a day for lumps.

The first patient was a 50 year old woman, she'd had a swelling close to her armpit for about two years and didn't bother about it because, as she checked, it wasn't in the "breast", so there was nothing to worry about.

Until she started having pains and weakness on the right side of her body - then she came to the hospital (two years after seeing the lump).

I examined her.

I could understand why she thought the lump was not in her breast, it was in the upper outer and lateral border of her chest ( breast) - it was a breast lump, and from what I felt, it was likely to be a malignant tumor .

"I think it's a tumor," she said. I didn't know how to reply, my initial silence betrayed me.


Patient two was a younger lady who heard/ knew about a person with a breast lump, so she set out to look for her own lump - and she found it , nestled in the mid upper portion of her right breast. Hers was just about 7 days old, it wasn't likely to be cancerous from the features.

Moral of the story: Breast self examination could save your life, and if you are not sure of what you're feeling, see a professional. Have you done yours?

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8 comments:

  1. Thank you for the reminder


    Terry

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  2. I used to check mine regularly in my younger years and indeed a biopsy was performed re axilla 'lump' - luckily benign.

    Check infrequently now and when do nil found. Hope it stays that way.

    Anna :o]

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  4. Dr Erhumu where are you ? Are you okay ? It's unusual to go so long without hearing from you.

    Terry

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  5. Thank you Terry, I'm still here, just taking care of a few things. Hope to have some new stuff soon.

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  6. Glad you're okay :)

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  7. True say. I admit I could do with checking mine more often in the midst of me checking and reassuring my patients.

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  8. Yes, I guess it's easier said than done when it comes to ourselves.

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