Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2019
October is breast cancer awareness month, an annual campaign to educate people about breast cancer. Breast cancer is the most prevalent form of cancer. This disease has become a major problem all across the world including India.
Breast cancer is characterized by uncontrolled growth of cells, which results in formation of lumps within the breast. It is one of the treatable forms of cancers. If not detected early, it can be a life threatening disease as it can also spread to other parts of the body.
Breast cancer affects women both in the developed and the developing world. As per WHO, breast cancer accounts for 2.09 million cases and 627000 deaths globally. It is the most common cancer in women in India and accounts for 14% of all cancers in women. It can occur at any age but the incidence rates in India begin to rise in the early thirties and peak at ages 50-64 years.
Tips for Breast Cancer Prevention
NEED OF THE HOUR is awareness about breast examination, beginning from 20 years of age, and regular screening from a qualified doctor, so that it can be detected early and treated successfully.
"Early detection is the key to prevention."
Busting the breast cancer myths
Only a small percentage of lumps in the breast are cancerous. But if there is a persistent lump in the breast or any change in the breast tissue, always consult a doctor for a clinical breast exam.
Breast cancer neither can be caught from someone nor can be transferred to someone. It is a non-communicable disease which results from uncontrolled cell growth of the breast tissue.
A mammogram or X-ray of breast helps in early detection of breast cancer. It requires a very small dose of radiation. The risk of harm from this radiation is extremely low.
For Breast self-examination, please follow the link