October has been declared by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as breast cancer awareness month worldwide.
October has been declared by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as breast cancer awareness month worldwide. Indeed, a global awareness about the causes and prevention of breast cancer is highly essential.
Statistics have shown that 1 in 8 women have breast cancer. In fact, there are about 1.38 million new cases and 458 000 deaths from breast cancer each year. Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in the world, both in developed and developing countries.
Recorded cases of breast cancer increase each year due to increase life expectancy and rapid urbanization, especially in lower-income societies. Interestingly, breast cancer is not exclusive to women alone. While it is very uncommon, less than 1%, men have been diagnosed with breast cancer too. This puts things in perspective, and it shows that everyone needs to be aware of it and take steps to help.
At present, there is no known cure for breast cancer. Early detection is the only way to control it, and possibly, if early enough, cure it. This presents another reason why awareness is essential. Early detection can either be through self-examination or through mammograms. Health care professionals have encouraged that women regularly perform their own self-examination, seeing as they know their own breasts better than anyone. Thus, if there are any changes, they would easily be able to detect them. Mammograms are breast x-rays which should be conducted regularly. These x-rays can detect cancer even before a lump has formed. However, in many developing countries, access to this technology is quite limited, and where available, is too expensive.
**How can you help? **
1.You can raise awareness about breast cancer within your own network.
2.Encourage people to read up on breast cancer.
3.Encourage the women around you to perform their own self-examinations.
4.You can also donate towards mammography in your local area. Find out your local breast cancer awareness organization. They would be able to give you more information.
DID YOU KNOW?
Lifelong nuns, like all women who never have children, are at an increased risk of dying from breast, ovarian and uterine cancers, compared with mothers. A woman's risk of getting these cancers increases with the number of menstrual cycles she experiences.
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