I am a big believer in the monthly self breast exam. It’s an easy way to detect breast cancer in its earliest stages. Also, it’s important to have your breasts examined at your annual OBGYN appointment; and never skip a mammogram.
A few weeks ago, I was in shower and noticed that my armpit was sore and I felt a very large lump. I called my OBGYN immediately and scheduled an appointment the next day. I assumed it was an ingrown hair but I was still worried. The lump had not been there a few months prior during my annual OBGYN appointment; and I had not felt it last month during my self breast exam.
At the appointment, my doctor gave me a breast exam and felt the inside of my armpit. To my relief, I passed my breast exam with flying colors. It was just an isolated infected lymph node (no lymph path to my breasts) and she gave me an antibiotic to take for seven days. I was probably still a carrier of the norovirus which I had a month prior. The doctor did mention if the lump were not to go away with the antibiotic that an ultra sound would be performed. Thankfully there was no need.
As we age, it’s vital for women to be award of our bodies and any changes. Take the time to do a monthly self breast exam and schedule any doctors’ appointments. Don’t fool around with your health….you are too special!