Early detection saves lives

October 5, 2012 in Uncategorized

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – and with shocking stats showing that every year 3 000 SA women die of breast cancer, the more awareness about this disease the better.

The key message is that early detection is vital to survival. And guys, this goes for you too because whether you like it or not, men can get breast cancer too.

So do you know how to do a breast self-examination? Check out this graphic which shows you how, or watch this video for a step-by-step demonstration.  But what happens if you do find a lump? Or a bump? Here’s how to know what to feel for.

There is a lot of misinformation about breast cancer around, read this article on the most common myths and misconceptions to separate the fact from the fiction.

Here are some of the basic facts:

·         Breast cancer occurs when abnormal cells form a mass of extra tissue (a tumour) in the breast.

·         Breast cancer is a general term for several different types of cancer that occur in the breast.

·         The disease can be discovered by examination of the breasts (by yourself or a physician), mammography, ultrasound testing and/or biopsy.

·         Treatment depends on the stage and type of the cancer, as well as your age and health.

·         The two main categories of breast cancer are lobular and ductal carcinomas. Each has subtypes, which differ in their potential to spread to other body tissues. Treatment of breast cancer involves local and systemic treatment. Different specialists should be involved to optimise the treatment regime.

For more information about breast cancer visit the Health24 Breast Centre.

2 responses to Early detection saves lives

  1. Remember that today is International mental health awareness day.

  2. Excellent points, all! Early detection is key in the fight against breast cancer.

    Some recent studies indicate that for those not yet diagnosed, vitamin D deficiency may increase the risk of developing the disease. I may post on this topic in the not-too-distant future.

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