Hey, it’s October! You know what that means?
It’s breast cancer awareness month. That being said, it’s time for you (and your loved ones) to go for your check ups, and do some reading up. That being said, I hear you – going for a checkup might be kind of intimidating. Just chill out, local brand Chill Chill and the Breast Cancer Welfare Association Malaysia (BCWA) have got you covered.
BCWA’s bringing out the big guns to promote breast health awareness so their Mobile Unit Reaching Nationwide with Information (Murni) will be carrying out free clinical breast examinations! You might have seen them stationed at Sunway Pyramid last weekend (8th October), but they’ll also be at Nu Sentral (22nd October) from 11am to 11pm, you should stop by and check it out.
Wanna prep for it? We’ve got some great tips for you:
While breast self-examinations aren’t recommended anymore – you should be familiar with how your breasts normally look and feel. That way, if you discover any changes – consult your healthcare provider. Be aware by following some TLC (Touch, Look, Check).
It’s important to know the signs and symptoms of breast cancer, so we’ve pulled a couple for you from this website:
- A new lump or mass (this can also occur under the arms or around the collar bone
- Swelling of all or part of a breast (even if no distinct lump is felt)
- Skin irritation or dimpling (sometimes looking like an orange peel)
- Breast or nipple pain
- Nipple retraction (turning inward)
- Redness, scaliness, or thickening of the nipple or breast skin
- Nipple discharge (other than breast milk)
That being said, always check with a healthcare provider and don’t self-diagnose.
Mammograms can be intimidating though – but we’ve got a couple of things you should keep in mind. Here’s some of the important things you can expect:
A mammogram is an x-ray image of the breast tissue to detect masses and lumps. It can show changes, but it doesn’t always detect breast cancer. Expect to remove any clothing and neck jewelry from the waist up, but you’ll be in a gown and there will be someone to help position you for a mammogram.
Consider going for a mammogram if you’ve got family history, genetic tendencies or any other risks. Normally, screening starts between 45 – 50 if there’s no increased risk but high risk patients can consider screening at 40 or even earlier.
Want to know more? Check this link out.
Can’t make it? No problem. Support the cause throughout the month of October by picking up a Nom Yen drink at any Chill Chill outlet! For October, RM1 from the sale of each of these drinks – a delectable milk-based drink with fragrant rose flavour – will be donated to BCWA. That being said, put your social media skills to good use because every valid usage of the hashtag #pinktobermy on social media contributes RM0.50 to BCWA. The aim? RM10,000
“It is the people that made us who we are today hence, we are committed to giving back to the society. We would like to play our part in the fight against breast cancer by collaborating with BCWA in this noble initiative”, said, Tony Lim, Founder of Utara 5 F&B Sdn. Bhd.
The collab’s going to be extended to four more locations this November, but don’t wait! Get yourself and your loved ones checked, but also learn more about breast cancer and what it entails.
For more information, please visit Chill Chill’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/chillchilllah/ or their Instagram page at https://www.instagram.com/chillchill.my/.