Why you should get your boobs checked by a doctor
I’m not the sort to jump on the breast cancer month wagon, but there’s a little story I’d like to share with you.
I went for my first ever Well Woman check yesterday. I didn’t go because it was the pink, fluffy month of October, but because I’d promised myself I’d go once I turned 40 and it’s taken me eight months to actually do it.
You know how it is when you’re a mum – unless you literally can’t get out of bed, your own health falls well below homework, school runs, grocery shopping, shoe shopping, work, play dates, pedicures and cooking in terms of importance.
But finally I got sick of seeing the yellow piece of paper with the doctor’s number on it gathering dust on my desk, so I called and – hey presto – got an appointment the very next day (don’t you love Dubai).
The doctor did all the usual stuff, then the manual breast exam. I often have a poke at my boobs in the shower and I’m happy to report there’s nothing wrong. No lumps, no bumps, nothing sinister, so I was feeling quite laid back about it all.
But the doctor, just by trotting her fingers over me, managed to find three areas of tenderness, and two “hard masses” that need investigation by mammogram. Go figure.
She said they’re probably just cysts and nothing to worry about, so I’m not worrying. But it’s made me wonder how I could have checked myself countless times and not found them. Honestly, if you do one thing for yourself before 2011 ends, get yourself checked by a professional.
I went to the Well Woman Clinic, Allied Diagnostic building, Al Diyafah St. Consultation: Dhs 370. PAP smear Dhs 350. Mammogram and ultrasound extra.