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Creating Awareness for Breast Cancer Helps to Improve Breast Health

October was National Breast Cancer Awareness month, reminding us to get mammograms and yearly screenings for breast cancer. Breast cancer is most prevalent in women, although men can get it too. DNA mutations cause normal breast cells to form cancer. Certain DNA mutations are hereditary and can increase your breast cancer risk.

Detecting breast cancer early offers a better chance of successful treatment, and it’s important to know how your breast looks and feels under normal circumstances so that can feel any abnormality when it presents.

Here are the reasons why breast cancer awareness is essential:

  • Screening tests are the best way to find breast cancer early before any symptoms show. It is recommended to begin yearly mammograms at 40 years or earlier if you have a family history of breast cancer. The common symptom of breast cancer is a new lump or mass that is hard and painless, with irregular edges. At times breast lumps can be soft, tender or rounded and can even be painful. It’s important to get checked once you notice any new breast lump.
  • At present, there is insufficient knowledge about the causes of breast cancer. Therefore, detecting breast cancer early remains the vital element of breast cancer control. When breast cancer is detected early, and there’s adequate diagnosis and treatment tools and methods, there is a good chance of treating the disease successfully. When breast cancer is found at a later stage, curative treatment is no longer preferable, and the patient is instead offered palliative care to relieve the suffering of the patient.
  • The majority of deaths due to breast cancer occur in the low and middle-income countries where people with breast cancer are diagnosed in late stages when the disease has spread, mainly due to lack of awareness and barriers to health services.

Women need to know that the disease is treatable if detected early. They also need to understand their risks and seek guidance about an appropriate screening protocol and also embrace a healthy lifestyle.

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