Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Self Exams

If you aren’t aware, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Breast cancer effects about 1 in 8 US women. That means 12% of the women in the United States will develop a form of invasive breast cancer at some point in her lifetime. Breast cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed form of cancer, second to skin and as of March 2017, there were more than 3.1 million women in the United States with a history of breast cancer, whether they are currently in treatment or have finished. All in all, breast cancer is something that all women should be aware of and checking for on a monthly basis! Checking yourself for breast cancer is very easy but many women don’t take the time to do it, which unfortunately could help to detect breast cancer in earlier forms to possibly get treatment quicker.

A self exam will help you to notice lumps or thickenings in the breast. If you do notice anything out of the ordinary, it’s important to bring it to the attention of your doctor. They will be able to tell you if what you’ve found is something to worry about or just something normal in the body. Be sure to also let your doctor know that you’re doing self exams and ask them if they have any additional input on the topic to help you stay healthy!

To perform a self check exam, stand in front of a large mirror in a well lit room, undressed from the waist up. Leave your arms relaxed by yours sides and look for any changes in size, shape, or position. It’s important to note that most breasts are not identical so don’t worry if the two that you have don’t seem to be the same size! You’re looking for sudden changes or things that weren’t “like that” before. Also look for changes in the skin, suck as puckering, dimpling, discoloration, or sores. This is particularly important around the nipples.

Place your hands on your hips and firmly push down so that the chest muscles under your breast tense up. Look at the outer part of the breasts in the mirror and then bend forward. Roll your shoulders forward to tighten the muscles even more. Your breasts will fall forward and you should note any changes in shape or contour when they do this.

Clasping your hands behind your back, push your hands forward in the the small of your back. Turn from side to side to inspect the outer edges of the skin. Again, note any discoloration, lumps, or changes in shape. Don’t forget to check underneath the breasts; you may need to use a hand to lift them.

The last step in your self exam is to inspect the nipples. Be sure that they are not discharging any fluid. Taking a thumb and forefinger, squeeze the surrounding tissue around the nipple and pull outward. If there is any discharge when doing this, inform your doctor. Repeat this process on the other breast.

Here at MALS, we know what a toll breast cancer can take a person and those close to them. Throughout the course of October, we will be sharing all different kinds of blogs regarding breast cancer, products that are great for those in treatment, and other words of advice and information! If you have any additional questions, please stop by the shop or give us a call at (603)626-5956.

About the Author: M has been a professional blogger for six years and has contributed to various websites. When she is not writing, she is a professional body piercing apprentice. M can be reached at m@spider-bite.com and you can find her piercing only blog HERE.

It’s NIP-Tober At MALS!

October is breast cancer awareness month! Did you know that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives? Although it is a widespread problem, it is also one of the easiest types of cancer to treat and cure. And yes, you read that right, breast cancer is becoming curable.

An important part of curing breast cancer is early detection. So giving your partner a bit of extra attention to their breasts during playtime can quite possibly save a life (not to mention turning them on like crazy). Here is a link to a tutorial on how to do a self-breast exam. It might be fun to spice it up and have your partner examine you! http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/testing/types/self_exam/bse_steps

We at Manchester Adult Life Styles want to celebrate the strides made against breast cancer by highlighting some of our nipple toys to make monthly breast exams a little hotter. The breasts and nipples are a very sensitive part of the body. If you enjoy tugging, flicking or sucking,(whether on yourself or your partner) the nipple toys we have, will take it to the next level. We stock a couple different kinds of toys, such as nipple clamps and nipple suckers.

Our nipple clamps:
Fetish Fantasy Ltd Feather Nipple Clamps: If you are new to nipple clamps, these might be a good first purchase. Tipped in smooth rubber, the precise, hardy metal grips are completely adjustable in terms of tension. Simply twist the screw to widen or narrow their grasp. Once in place, the silky black and white feathers float dazzlingly, effortlessly hypnotizing your playmate while awakening desire and increasing sensation.
Fetish Fantasy Heavyweight Nipple Clamps: If you know that you like to be treated a little rougher, these might be the clamps for you. For intense, constant nipple stimulation, the Heavyweight Nipple Clamps are a perfect choice. These soft rubber tipped treats feature completely adjustable tension, and a weight of about 2.6 oz (73.7g) for lots of tantalizing ‘pull’ on sensitive nipples.The total stretch of the attached silver chain is about 17 inches, allowing for perfect positioning and lots of movement.
Our nipple suckers:
Nipple Suction Bulb: Gently enhance sensation and make your nipple irresistibility firm with the Nipple Bulb. This little device applies light suction to draw blood naturally into the nipples for increased sensitivity and firmness. Just place the mouth of the bulb over a nipple and squeeze to activate the suction. To keep them hard and ready for action, 4 little O rings are included, which can be placed over the tip of the bulb and slipped off and over the nipple once you’re where you want to be.
Advanced Nipple Suckers in Black: Sucking thrillingly at any particularly sensitive bit of skin, California Exotic’s nipple play collection presents the Advanced Nipple Suckers, a duo designed for simple, quick attachment and blissfully stimulating results. Naturally drawing blood to the peaks of the breasts when attached, a deliciously devious interior suction effect perks up the nipples, inspiring nearly instantaneous arousal and vastly increasing sensitivity to touch, tugs, flicks and otherwise. To attach, simply position over the desired nipple (or other nerve-ending rich external sweet spot) and gently squeeze. Upon release, the suction activates, gently yet firmly drawing skin inward. In a safe and ultra sturdy phthalate-free PVC material, the Suckers require just a rinse in warm soapy water to see them squeaky clean and ready for enjoyment

We all love tatas, boobies, breasts, titties, “the girls”, or whatever you want to call them; but we all know that the person behind those highly erogenous zones is really what counts. Turn your partner on with Manchester Adult Lifestyle’s nipple toys and pay special attention to those lovely bits, it just might save your lover’s life. As always, be sexy and be safe; Happy NIPtober!

 

  • Article written by Dani Peasley, a freelance writer and fine artist from Contoocook, NH. Dani can be reached through email at: myrandomcat@gmail.com