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Boob-A-Palooza!

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Transcript of Boob-A-Palooza!

Exploring Misconceptions
Know Your Risk!
Hannah says:
Your Health Is Worth It!
Boob-A-Palooza!
Keys to Breast Health
Warm-Up Activity
Know Your Risk
I am going to read a list of questions, and if you answer YES to any question, stand up and REMAIN standing.
Keys to Breast Health
Know Your Risk
Talk with family members about your medical history
Get Screened
Visit your doctor for a clinical breast exam
Know Your Body
Get to know the normal look and feel of your body, specifically your breasts
Maintain Healthy Habits
Eat a well-balanced diet, exercise often, and limit tobacco and alcohol use
We all have thoughts and ideas that complicate the way we practice the keys to a breast healthy lifestyle.
The misconceptions that you may have could DECREASE your chances of surviving breast cancer, or INCREASE your risk of a future diagnosis.
We'll be looking at some scenarios, and I want you to consider the misconceptions in each one.
Remember: nothing is more important than your health!
"My doctor knows what I need, and she has never mentioned getting to know the way my breasts feel or getting a Clinical Breast Exam. I would never question my doctor, and I always do what she says. If she thought these were important, she would have said something."
How do you feel about this thinking?
Be Proactive!
Get to know the look and feel of your breasts starting around age 20 so you will know what is normal for you.

Have a clinical breast exam done at least every three years during your 20s and 30s.
CBEs are often included in annual gynecological exams, which are also important to screen for other types of cancer, such as ovarian and cervical cancer.

Start annual mammograms at age 40.
In some cases, mammograms are helpful for women younger than 40. A mammogram may be recommended for women with a family history of breast cancer or non-cancerous breast lumps.
Rita Says:
"I once watched this program on breast cancer, and though it seemed really serious, I know I'm not at risk. I'm too young and healthy to get breast cancer. I don't have a family history, and I've never taken birth control pills. I really don't need to worry about breast cancer."
How do you feel about this thinking?
Know Your Body!
Check out the Women's Outreach Center for more information!
Oklahoma Memorial Union, Room 247
(405) 325-4929
woc@ou.edu
www.ou.edu/womensoc
www.facebook.com/OUWomensOutreach
@WOC4OU
Remember the Keys to Breast Health!
Know Your Risk

Get Screened

Know Your Body

Maintain Healthy Habits
Sarah Says:
"Show my chest to a doctor? No way. The thought of taking my clothes off at the doctor's office makes me so uncomfortable. I would hate to have a doctor touch my breasts."
How do you feel about this thinking?
Danielle Says:
Penelope Says:
"I am a struggling college student. I barely have the money to visit the doctor when I actually get sick - I definitely can't pay to just get a 'check-up'. I have other expenses to think about."
Take Time for Yourself!
How do you feel about this thinking?
"I hear people talk about 'Breast Self Awareness' techniques, and it confuses me. My breasts are lumpy and bumpy all over. How am I supposed to know what is a normal lump and what is an abnormal lump?"
How do you feel about this thinking?
Healthcare providers used to recommend monthly breast self exams, but research about breast self exams show that they may not actually be that helpful.

Instead, healthcare providers now encourage Breast Self Awareness, or knowing what is normal or abnormal for one's own body.
Breast Health Awareness
& Your Life!
The scenarios we read are very common, and the misconceptions in each of them can have a big impact on your breast health.
Brooke Says:
"I work five days a week, am a full-time student, and am involved in multiple sutdent organizations. Every minute of my day is planned. I know that prevention techniques like Clinical Breast Exams and healthy habits are important, but I just don't have the time."
Step Up for Your Health!
It is easy to put your health on the backburner when your schedule gets busy.

But getting seriously ill can take more time out of your schedule than budgeting a little extra time to tend to your health.

Taking time for yourself now can save you time (and stress!) in the long run.
What have these various scenarios shown you about your own life? Do these misconceptions sound familiar?
You dedicate funds to maintain your apartment and car - don't forget about your body!
Spending money on your health may not seem important, but it is!
Most states require insurance providers to cover screening.
Goddard Women's Center provides good student rates
OU's student insurance plan fully covers a yearly visit
How do you feel about this thinking?
Get to know your body and what feels right for you!
The relationship between you and your doctor is a professional one, which is important to remember during potentially awkward Clinical Breast Exams and gynecological exams.
Physicians are trained to both perform exams effectively AND make them as comfortable for their patients as possible. You should feel confident in communicating to your doctor any concerns you may have, and if you do not feel assured, you should look into finding a provider that makes you feel more at ease.
Risk Factors you can't control
Being female and getting older
A personal history of breast or ovarian cancer.
Having a mother, daughter, sister who has breast cancer.
Having inherited mutation of BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 breast cancer gene.
Risk Factors you can control
Having more than one drink of alcohol a day.
Being overweight in menopause or gaining weight as an adult
Never having children or having children after age 30
Taking birth control for 5 or more years
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