Do you know the preventative measures for Breast Cancer?
October is observed as Breast Cancer Awareness Month all across the world. People show their support for everyone affected by breast cancer and also shared the early detection techniques with the masses.
Breast cancer is cancer that forms in the breast cells when cells start growing uncontrollably. Pakistan has the highest number of breast cancer cases out of all the South Asian countries. Around 40,000 people get affected by this disease every year. According to BMC Public Health, “One in every 9 women in Pakistan has a lifetime risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer”.
Unfortunately, still in Pakistan, the stigma and sense of shame attached while talking about breasts are present, which women often fall victim to. We still have a long way to go to reach the level of awareness that is needed in our country to prevent this life-threatening disease.
Due to a lack of awareness, many cases of breast cancer go undiagnosed in Pakistan, and when they are, the women are already in the latter stages of the disease with little to no chance of survival. But things are slowly but surely changing with early detection techniques.
Here are some preventative measures you can take against breast cancer.
Early detection is key
As we know, prevention is better than cure. This is in fact true in all respects for breast cancer because, according to medical professionals, early identification can raise your chances of survival to almost 90%. The most crucial preventive precaution you can take to safeguard yourself against this disease is early detection.
The things you should examine to keep yourself safe from breast cancer are Lumps in your breasts or underarms, Swelling, Skin flaking, peeling or scaling on nipples or breasts, Nipple discharge (blood, puss etc), Nipple inversion and Breast Rashes which included redness, swelling, enlarged pores, pain and/or itchiness.
Mammography is the process of using low-energy X-rays to examine the human breast for diagnosis and screening. Women over the age of 40 are advised to get their mammograms done annually to prevent the chances of breast cancer. Breast cancer screening with mammograms saves lives as it can help find cancer early when it’s more treatable.
Healthy diet, Healthy life
A healthy diet can help lower the risk of breast cancer. Try to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. Work to keep up a healthy weight if you have one. Ask your doctor for advice on appropriate weight-loss methods if you need to. You should eat fewer calories each day and gradually increase your workout.
Breast-feeding might play a role in breast cancer prevention. The longer you breast-feed, the greater the protective effect.
It is our responsibility as women to break these absurd taboos and prioritise our health. Speak out about breast cancer, inform others, and also do your monthly self-examinations.