Tuesday, 16th July 2024

World commemorates Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October

The Month of October is celebrated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month every year all over the world. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide. In 2020, the World Health Organization recorded 2.3 million women diagnosed with breast cancer, causing 685 000 deaths globally.

Wednesday, 4th October 2023

World commemorates Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October
The Month of October is celebrated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month every year all over the world. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide. In 2020, the World Health Organization recorded 2.3 million women diagnosed with breast cancer, causing 685 000 deaths globally.

Several countries across the globe celebrate the “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” and organize several initiatives to increase awareness about the disease. While the cancer commonly affects the female gender, in rare cases, the disease can also be found in males. The theme for the worldwide commemoration for the month is “Keeping her in the picture.”

Meanwhile, different countries and regions of the world are commemorating the event under different themes. As per medical experts and worldwide statistics, this is among the most prevalent types of cancer in the world. Accordingly, healthcare authorities stress that with early detection, diagnosis and treatment, it is possible to cure the disease completely.

It is also possible to prevent or reduce the risk of Breast Cancer with better, more responsible lifestyle choices. Healthcare authorities across the globe have shared measures to reduce risk of breast cancer

Risks can be reduced by making the following changes to lifestyle:

-Maintaining a healthy weight.

-Staying physically active

- Avoiding harmful use of alcohol

- Breastfeeding

- Quitting tobacco use and avoiding exposure to tobacco smoke

- Avoiding the prolonged use of hormones

- Avoiding excessive exposure to radiation

It is extremely important to ensure that all the individuals are monitoring the symptoms and changes in their body. Any structural changes around the chest area can be a symptom, which if caught early enough may save the life of the victim.

Symptoms of breast cancer include:

-change in nipple appearance or alteration in the skin surrounding the nipple (areola)

-bloody or abnormal nipple discharge

-a lump or thickening in the breast

-change in breast colour

-pitting of the breast skin

-breast or nipple pain

Healthcare experts believe that there can be many reasons for lumps to develop in the breast. However, most of which may not even be cancer. As many as 90% of breast masses are not cancerous.

Non-cancerous breast abnormalities include benign masses like fibroadenomas and cysts as well as infections. However, the healthcare authorities have announced that  anyone thinks they may have one or more of the above symptoms, they are encouraged not to wait and seek medical care immediately.

If the disease is caught early, diagnosis and Treatment has shown tremendous promise to put people through remission. To prevent breast cancer. Healthcare stakeholders all over the world arrange free of cost or discounted cost Mammogram Screenings.

People are also encouraged to conduct at-home self exams to ensure that there are no new lumps forming in the chest area. The aim of the Breast Cancer Awareness Month is to reduce the prominence and effects of the cancer. This can be done by following preventive measures, care and timely intervention in case a symptom may show.