When Cancer is found early, treatment is always simpler and more likely to be effective.
Self examining one's own breasts every month is the best method for detecting the early stages of breast cancer.
10 minutes a month is all it takes.
The greatest weapon we can use in the fight against breast cancer is public awareness. As deadly as breast cancer is, it can be cured only if it is detected at the early stages.
In recognition of the increasing incidence of breast cancer, this breast self examination kit has been developed for the women of Lagos State to be empowered in detecting breast cancer early and seeking appropriate medical treatment
I give Breast Sense to my pupils

I am a special needs school nurse working in Leicester, working in a school for disabled kids.I have been asked to talk to a small group of teenagers about breast self examination.I have a Breast Sense glove myself and I have found it very useful because of the extra sensitivity it allows to carry out the examination. I have been looking for photos of how to do the examination for some time for these pupils, in a format that they can keep with them at home. Steadfast provided me with a presentation with information on breast cancer and the importance of self examination. Additionaly they sent me some leaflets and Breast Sense packs with the gloves to give to my pupils. The DVD will be a very good aid for some of my pupils who need to see a practical demonstration on how to examination their breasts and the best positions to do this in.

Ms. Tracy Woodhouse, Leicester UK

February 2008

I had surgery on my breast within weeks of giving birth

Three years ago, Jo discovered a lump in her right breast, fortunately the lump was benign but nevertheless had to be removed by surgery. Just one year later, and within weeks of the birth of her first child, Jo was shocked to discover another lump, again in her right breast. Within weeks of consulting her doctor, she was in hospital again having the second lump was removed.

This time, the lump was identified as a phylloides tumour, a rare kind of lump, which is usually benign, but in Jo's case turned out to be malignant. This was a horrendous time for Jo and her family. I couldn't lift anything even a kettle was difficult. Not being able to pick my baby up was the worst, she recalls. Jo couldn't believe she had malignant cancer because she had felt so well. Finally, in March 2004 Jo was given the all clear. Jo is very conscious of the emotional impact the issue has had on her immediate family but is fully supportive of her father's involvement with a new breast self examination aid called Breast Sense.

"I think it's a great idea, because anything which encourages early detection is a good thing", says Jo.
Jo Schwartz (33), London
"I was pleased to be further educated by the excellent DVD in the Breast Sense Kit"
"Having discovered breast lumps (fortunately found to be benign) over the past 10 years during my regular breast self examination, I was pleased to be further educated by the excellent DVD in the Breast Sense Kit and amazed how much easier and more positive it felt in checking my breasts for new lumps with the help of the Breast Sense glove.

I shall continue using your wonderful aid when carrying out all my future breast self-examination and have encouraged my daughter to do the same."
Mrs. J.S. Hatfield, Herts "My tumour was growing like a spider's web. I was 32 with an eight-month year old baby when I discovered the lump. Whilst making a cup of tea I reached across to grab the sugar and felt something odd. I put it down to a blocked milk duct, but a week later after several tests, Doctors told me it was cancer and that I would have to have a mastectomy as the tumour was growing like a spider's web and had attached itself to a huge part of the breast.

I believe that if I had checked my breasts regularly, then it wouldn't have got that far. I went on to have chemotherapy and radiotherapy and 18 months later I had a breast reconstruction. After five years I was given the all clear. Unfortunately, three years ago Doctors discovered secondary breast cancer in my bones. After another battle to fight the cancer I have just been given the all clear again.

I now carry out regular Breast Self-examination using Breast Sense" because I know I am still high risk and strongly believe that self-examination should be a part of every woman's routine."
Mrs. D. B. (40), Brighton "I've had a scare but it took Kylie's diagnosis to spur me into being more breast aware. I have always irregularly checked my breasts, as both my sister and aunt had scares in the past. In summer 2003 I was checking in the shower and found a small pea size lump on the side of my left breast, I felt sick with worry and was nervous of showing my doctor, but he was incredibly discreet and put me at ease.

After a standard referral I received an appointment at my local hospital. I was shocked by how many women were waiting in the special clinic where I was examination.

I had to have a scan and have a small sample of the lump taken via a needle, I heard back quickly and thankfully everything was fine and the lump was identified as a fatty lump. Although relieved, I also felt quite emotional seeing how distressed some of the women at the clinic were made me realise how many people can be affected. Even though I had gone through this experience, the fear of finding another one, having to go through what I did again, and because I didn't like the feeling of examination my breasts, I unfortunately became very relaxed with self examination.

However, when I heard the news that Kylie had been diagnosed it was a reminder of how important self examination are. I heard about a new breast self examination glove called Breast Sense", which I tried and found it has helped me to carry out regular checks easily and prevented me from feeling so awkward.
Ms. V. T. (29), Brighton
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