"S" is for self examination
Prevention is worth a pound of cure. Never did words ring truer than in this day of cancer epidemics.
The key to surviving cancer is early detection.
Unusual lumps, bumps, masses and changes in skin color or texture on different body parts, sudden change in bowel habits and unexplained loss of weight are a few of the common symptoms which go unnoticed but play an important role in exposing a possible cancer or other medical condition.
Forty percent of breast cancers are found through self-examination. Discovering a hard round pea shaped mass in my left breast prompted concerns for an ultrasound which resulted in finding breast cancer in my right breast. The left was nothing but a tiny benign mass. To me, it was a beacon that saved my breast and possibly my life.
About the age when young men start to shave they need to learn how to check their balls! From 15-35 is the prime age for testicular cancer and self-examination is very important. Over 95% of testicular cancer is cured if discovered early.
Practicing monthly self-examinations will keep you in touch with your body. Getting help from a spouse could be a fun way to “watch your back.” A partner can literally watch your flipside for you to spot any changing moles or new growths.
For more information on how to self-exam :
Breast cancer : www.checkyourboobies.org/breastcancer
Testicular cancer : http://www.tc-cancer.com/about/self-exam.html
Oral cancer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfVTNmqAKSA
Thyroid cancer: http://thyroid.about.com/od/thyroidcancer/a/neckcheck.htm