October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, a chance to help stake the odds in our favor by encouraging, testing, and raising money for research and treatment. The past year has posed a challenge to just about everything and breast cancer prevention is no exception. However, this is our moment to rise and do even more for those suffering from it.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among females and it is estimated that over 1.38 million women according to the 2008 Globocan of WHO are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. There is no sufficient knowledge on the causes of breast cancer, therefore, early detection of the disease remains the cornerstone of breast cancer control.
Mammograms are the most effective approach to detect breast cancer. If detected late, however, curative treatment is often no longer an option. The majority of deaths occur in low-income and middle-income families, where most women with breast cancer are diagnosed in late stages due mainly to lack of awareness on early detection and barriers to health services.
What Are the Signs and Symptoms?
Breast cancer manifests itself in a variety of ways, and some patients experience no symptoms at all. However, different symptoms include,
- Any alteration in the breast's size or contour
- Pain at any part of the breasts
- Other than breast milk, nipple discharge (including blood)
- The appearance of a new lump in the breast or underarm.
If you notice any indicators that concern you, make an appointment with your doctor at once.
What Are the Potential Risks?
Breast cancer is caused by a variety of variables, according to studies. Being a woman and being older are two major factors that increase your risk. The majority of breast cancers are diagnosed in women over the age of 50.
What Can I Do to Reduce my Risk?
You can take steps to reduce your breast cancer risk:
- Maintain a healthy weight and exercise regularly.
- Ask your doctor about the dangers if you're on hormone replacement therapy or birth control tablets.
- If at all feasible, breastfeed your children.
The fight against breast cancer needs action and awareness galvanizes action. Let’s inspire each other, let’s spread the message, and let’s strive to make a change. Support the ladies in your life by wearing pink and assisting them in their efforts to keep their health in pink. Tell your story and tell others to get a mammogram. Breast cancer affects all of us in some way, so let’s unite together and promote awareness this month!
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