2020 has been a powerful reminder that we are all in this together and our choices and actions have the power to protect the most vulnerable among us in a big way. The same holds when it comes to breast cancer. The month of October is observed as breast cancer awareness month. During this month different activities are conducted worldwide to create awareness about this type of cancer affecting a large population of women. It tries to make people aware of the need for early detection of breast cancer, its treatment options, and prevention methods that can help save lives.
According to WHO, there are about 1.38 million new cases and 458 000 deaths from breast cancer each year (IARC Globocan, 2008). Breast cancer is by far the most common cancer in women worldwide. As Breast Cancer Awareness Month Starts, here’s everything you need to know about early detection of breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2020
According to studies, early detection of breast cancer can increase the survival rates of the patient. It is important to check for the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. Symptoms may include- presence of a lump in the breast, pain in the breast, swelling in areas near the breasts, discharge from nipple other than breast milk, change in the shape of the nipple, and swelling underarm. In some cases, these may not be the sign of breast cancer but any of these signs should be reported to the doctor immediately.
A breast exam helps determine the presence of lymph and other change in the shape of the breast or nipple which can be a sign. Women should conduct a self-exam at home regularly. Consult your doctor for better analysis. Not just women, men too are at risk of breast cancer but the risk in men is significantly low in men. Early diagnosis can help the patient seek medical treatment on time and help in the removal of the tumor at an initial stage. And even though awareness regarding this type of cancer is improving, there is precious little to be done after a diagnosis.
Be Safe and Be Healthy
While the awareness of breast cancer is high in western countries due to highly publicized brand charity campaigns but in India, it is still a taboo.
Here, Upreality brings alert consciousness of drive home message on the early detection and alignment of breast cancer awareness with good health more broadly. Here on this breast cancer awareness month, we pledge to help prevent the disease and safeguard the health of your loved ones by creating awareness among netizens.