October is the breast cancer awareness month. Dedicated to honour breast cancer victims, survivors, raise awareness about steps we can take to prevent the disease & also to raise money to help patients. Be informed, Get a check up, spread love. Every step you take is personal and together we are helping to end the fight against breast cancer.
Breast cancer is a type of cancer that develops from breast cells. It usually starts from the inner linning of the milk duct or the lobules that supply them with milk. A malignant tumor can spread to other parts of the body.
RISK FACTORS –
1. AGE – Risk of getting breast cancer increases as you get older.
2. FAMILY HISTORY – Women who have a family memeber who has/had breast, colon or ovarian cancer are more likely to develop breast cancer. It is a relatively common disease.
3. MENSTRUAL CYCLE – Women who get their periods early (before age 12) Or women who went through menopause late (after 55). Have a highter risk of developing breast cancer.
4. OBESITY – Post-menopausal obese and overweight women may have a higher risk of getting breast cancer.
5. ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION- The more alcoholic drinks a woman consumes regualrly, the higher her risk of developing breast cancer is.
1. Sensitve and painful breast.
2. Lump in the breast or armpit.
3. Change in colour, size, texture, feel or shape of the breast.
4. Irregular mentrual period or cycle.
5. Discharge from the nipple. This fluid can be bloody, clear, yellow or green with a foul smell.
6. Itcy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple.
Many risk factors for developing breast cancer cannot be controlled. But a healthy diet and lifestyle helps reduce your risk for the disease. Breast cancer cannot be completely prevented, but it is more easily treated when found early.
Early detection is a big factor that makes a difference in the effectiveness of medical treatment of malignant tumors.
* Perform a self examination
* See a doctor – Get a check up. Don’t wait for symptoms, go see your doctor.
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