October is Breast Cancer Awareness month
7 October 2018| Last updated on 8 October 2018
All too many women assume that breast cancer won’t happen to them.
According to World Health Organization, 2.09 million Breast Cancer cases were reported in 2018. Hence don't take this issue lightly and go for a medical checkup, it might save your life.
Breast cancer is by far the most common cancer in women worldwide, hundreds of thousands of people are diagnosed with breast cancer every year, it causes the greatest number of cancer-related deaths among women, so it marked across the world every October, to increase attention and support for the awareness and treatment.
Early signs of breast cancer can be a lump in a breast, a painful breast or armpit, or a discharge from the nipple. Even if none of these symptoms present themselves, a doctor should be visited to be sure.
Early diagnosis strategies focus on providing timely access to cancer treatment by reducing barriers to care and/or improving access to effective diagnosis services. The goal is to increase the proportion of breast cancers identified at an early stage, allowing for more effective treatment to be used and reducing the risks of death from breast cancer.
Screening consists of testing women to identify cancers before any symptoms appear.
Various methods have been evaluated as breast cancer screening tools, including mammography, clinical breast exam and breast self-exam.
Always remember that early detection of the disease remains the cornerstone of breast cancer control, especially since the treatments for breast cancer can cause temporary infertility or make it harder for you to get pregnant after treatment ends.