October is breast cancer awareness month.
Breast cancer has become rampant among the female population around the world. It is the most common type of cancer in women today. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are nearly 1.38 million new cases of cancer yearly. WHO also reports that 458, 000 women die from breast cancer each year. Doctors do not know what causes this cancer.
However, the advancement of technology in the field of medicine has helped save many lives. It is easy to manage and treat breast cancer if detected at an early stage. However, if the detection happens when the cancer is highly advanced, then treatment may not be an option. That is why October is breast cancer awareness month.
Detecting cancer at an early stage helps increase the chances of survival for people living with breast cancer. That is why women all over the world come together in October to raise awareness. In the U.S alone, 249,000 people are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer every year, and among them, 41,000 do not survive.
It is every person’s responsibility to create awareness and enlighten the women about the need for regular checkups. Doctors have a chance to educate the general public and encourage women who are above the age of 40 to get their mammograms. Such awareness will go a long way in saving lives. A pink ribbon symbolizes breast cancer awareness. With the modern day technology, it is easier to raise awareness across the world. Use your tweeter feed or Facebook to reach as many people as you can.
Symptoms of Breast Cancer
• Rashes around the nipples can be one of the signs.
• Consistent pain in the armpits.
• Change in the breast shape and size.
• A lump in the breast. However, not all lumps are cancerous, but it is necessary to get the lump checked for safety measures.
• Look out for sunken nipples that are producing blood discharge or any other type of discharge.
Even though there is no known cause for breast cancer, there are several factors that may increase the risk of getting this type of cancer. They include:
• Genes. Women who have close family members who have had breast cancer are more likely to get this cancer. Research shows that the genes that cause cancer BRCA1 and BRCA2 have a higher chance of being passed on in the family tree.
• Age. The older you get, the riskier it is to get breast cancer.
Breast Cancer history
October is breast cancer awareness month because of the risk this type of cancer is posing into our society. We need our mothers, sisters, and wives alive for the longest time. Therefore, by creating awareness, we can manage the levels of breast cancer in our society.