There is one thing that you can do every month – for free – to increase your chance of travelling longer. It is easy, and it only takes 5 minutes. I learnt a lot about this while preparing for my trip to climb Kilimanjaro.
This trip was special as we associated it with an important cause: raising funds and awareness for breast cancer. This is a quick overview of what I discovered – please read it although it is not travel-related, as it really could save your life. If you are not convinced, have a look at this article about a fellow 23-year-old traveller who found out late she has breast cancer – as her young age and a bad doctor diagnosis got in the way. She is now spending the rest of her life raising awareness about the importance of self-examination.
Did you know that?
- 1 in 8 women will experience breast cancer in their lifetime
- no one is too young for breast cancer
- if breast cancer is detected early, chances of recovery are high
- a self-examination for 5 minutes a month could save your life
What to look for during the self-examination:
The best moment to do it is when your hormones are low, during women periods boobs can change so it is not ideal. I have added below a screenshot from Coppafeel explaining well what we need to check.
What if something feels wrong? Some of these changes can be hormonal, but it is important to know them, monitor them, and react if they persist. Don’t panic if something has changed. Give it a few days and if it continues, go to a doctor to get advice. Remember that if you detect the disease early, the chances of recovery are high!
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