Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is not only the month for Halloween or when the clock goes back. It’s also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During this month, we all have the opportunity to increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection and treatment as well as palliative care of this disease.
Do you know…?
– Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world and fifth most common causes of cancer death.
– One woman is diagnosed with breast cancer every 10 minutes in the UK.
– About 1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime.
– 8 out of 10 cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in women aged 50 and over.
– Men can get breast cancer too – Actually, 370 men are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in the UK.
– Breast cancer can happen to anyone. Roughly two-thirds of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of the disease.
– There’s no one single reason that causes breast cancer – it results from a combination of the way we live our lives, our genes and our surrounding environment.
Breast cancer has high cure rates when detected early and treated according to best practices. Almost nine in 10 women survive breast cancer for five years or more. However, if detected late, curative treatment is often no longer an option. In such cases, palliative care to relief the suffering of patients and their families is needed.
The majority of deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, where most women with breast cancer are diagnosed in late stages due mainly to lack of awareness on early detection and barriers to health services. Unfortunately, mammography screening (a test that helps to find breast cancer early) is very costly and is feasible only in countries with good health infrastructure that can afford a long-term programme.
Are you aware of all the symptoms of breast cancer and what is normal for you? If the only thing that comes to your mind is a lump, you probably want to do some research. It’s important to be breast aware so you can pick up any changes as soon as possible. There are many resources online that can be of help.
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