13th October, 2019
If you happen to notice a woman dressed without a bra underneath her blouse or shirt today, please take no offence about it. Today is the 2019 World No Bra Day. Yes, the day set aside sensitizing everyone especially women and girls about the importance of breast care.
Needless to say that it is also a day which many men await with so much anticipation.
World No Bra Day which is set aside for October 13th encourages women and girls to leave that bra at home for a change.
This is a day set aside for the promotion of breast cancer awareness. It is also designed to help raise money for research. Many women who have survived breast cancer are unable to go without a bra as they need it to hold their prosthesis after surgery.
Additionally, October generally is the month set aside for Breast Cancer Awareness and No Bra Day is expected to serve as a reminder for all women to be screened for breast cancer. Most types of breast cancer can be treated if caught early.
Regular screenings and breast exams are a important part of the early detection process.
Very importantly, the first line of defense is a monthly self-breast exam. The best time to do a breast exam is about ten days after the onset of your menstrual cycle. However, fickle as breasts can be, we do become familiar with them even if they are lumpy.
We learn what’s healthy or not. For example, they change texture over the month. Sticking to the same time each month will provide a more accurate exam. For those who don’t menstruate, choose a day of the month always to perform the exam.
As you become more familiar with the shape and texture of your breast, take note of any changes. Use the mirror to help you, too. Dimpling, swelling, and redness will be signs to look for.
When you schedule an annual appointment with your physician, make sure a breast exam is completed, too. Tell your doctor about any changes. If you or your doctor notices any signs, the doctor can order tests, including a sonogram or mammogram.
Finally, a preventative mammogram is the last line of defense. Today’s mammograms offer more vivid detail of the breast tissue. Baseline mammograms are provided around the age of 35 unless family history indicates sooner.
The baseline mammogram provides a comparison view for your physician should something develop later down the line. Women age 40 and over are recommended to receive yearly preventative mammograms.