Breast Cancer remains a leading cause of cancer mortality globally particularly among women; according to the World Health Organization more than 500,000 women die annually from this disease .It is currently the most common cause of cancer among Nigerian women. In developing countries in particular, it is a leading cause of cancer related death due to late detection.
It is important to note that the presence of a risk factor does not guarantee a future diagnosis of breast cancer and some individuals have been found to have breast cancer without falling into any of the categories listed above.
The following groups of individuals have been found to have a decreased risk of breast cancer
Treatment of breast cancer involves one or more of the following:
Early screening allows for early detection of breast cancer. Screening refers to looking for tell-tale signs of cancer before the development of symptoms.
Breast Self Examination (BSE): This refers to checking your breasts yourself periodically (preferably monthly after the monthly period) for any abnormal changes or lumps. Make sure to do it while lying down and also while sitting up. If a lump is discovered during BSE please consult a doctor for further evaluation of the lump as soon as possible.
Clinical Breast Examination: This refers to physical examination of the breasts carried out by a nurse or a doctor for lumps or changes.
Mammogram: This is an X-Ray of the breast and is the most objective and reliable form of screening for breast lumps. Mammograms are recommended for women aged 40 and above; Women aged 50 to 74 are advised to undergo mammography at least once every 2 years.
With the advent of screening, devastating outcomes in breast cancer ought to be on the decrease; late detection is associated with a decreased survival rate .Please undergo breast cancer screening today and recommend it to friends and family members. Early detection and treatment will prevent unnecessary pain and suffering
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