Since I've been faced w/"the lump," I have been talking to a few close girlfriends about self breast exams. They have all admitted that they hate and rarely do them because they have no idea what they're feeling. To them, it's all foreign, lumpy, unknown "stuff." If they do do them, it's not often and leads to frustration...and fear. They know they NEED to do them, yet they feel like there's no way to know what's what. I was talking to my dad about this today (he's a nurse) and we both agreed that there should be some kind of education, w/health professionals, that can teach women what is "normal" and what should be "looked into."
My question is, do you feel comfortable checking your breasts? Not comfy as in actually performing the exam, but knowing what you're feeling? Do you think there should be more education in regards to knowing what you're feeling? Would you go to a class that could teach you how to distinguish between a rib, a milk duct, or a lump?
I am thinking of trying to come up w/some sort of "class" that could help overcome the confusion and fear that (so it seems) so many women have. I would think I could team up w/some local health pros to do this. But I'd like to know if there would be an interest in it. That's where you guys come in!