Category Archives: Breast cancer

International Women’s Day – Warning Signs for Women’s Cancers

Please accept my apologies for being a couple of days late for International Women’s Day . I have been very busy with Uni deadlines this weekend, but wanted to post something to raise awareness for women’s health. This is a great article from ‘Defeat Cancer’ – thank you.

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Defeat Cancer

 

Wishing all women good health on International Women’s Day!

 To ensure good health, women need to take some precautions. Now let’s examine  important warning signals for women’s cancers.

 Rachel, one of the secretaries of the hospital, came crying to me that both her breasts become extremely painful particularly before menstrual periods.  She was woried that she has cancer as one of her relatives was recently diagnosed.This is quite common and  is due to hormonal changes along with menstrual cycle.  The breasts become heavy,  tender and the pain fully disappears after the periods start.  This is not to be worried about as a sign of malignancy.

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Let me give some practical information on early detection of breast cancer.

Breast Lump :    Classically a painless lump in breast like a buried pea or sometimes larger like a grape, is one of the important signs of breast cancer. It…

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month October 2013

This month is Breast Cancer awareness month…

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Please find below some facts, figures and useful links which will hopefully help raise awareness for this disease which is increasing in the developing world.  Please feel free to re blog and help to increase awareness of breast cancer.

 

Breast cancer is the top cancer in women both in the developed and the developing world. The incidence of breast cancer is increasing in the developing world due to increase life expectancy, increase urbanization and adoption of western lifestyles. Although some risk reduction might be achieved with prevention, these strategies cannot eliminate the majority of breast cancers that develop in low- and middle-income countries where breast cancer is diagnosed in very late stages. Therefore, early detection in order to improve breast cancer outcome and survival remains the cornerstone of breast cancer control. (World Health Organization) 

There are about 1.38 million new cases and 458 000 deaths from breast cancer each year (IARC Globocan, 2008). 

Breast cancer statistics

  • Breast cancer rates in England have increased by 90% since records began in 1971.
  • One in 8 women in the UK will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives.
  • In 2009 more than 48,400 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK – around 133 women a day. Around 370 men were diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the UK – 31% of cancers diagnosed in women are breast cancer.
  • Around 12,000 women in the UK die from breast cancer each year.
  • Since peaking in the late 1980s, breast cancer death rates have fallen by almost 40% in the UK.

Raising awareness 

When breast cancer and its treatment overshadow everything, we see the woman underneath. Breast Cancer Care is the only UK-wide charity dedicated to providing emotional and practical support for anyone affected by breast cancer. We campaign for better support and care and promote the importance of early detection, involving people with breast cancer in all that we do. (Breast Cancer Care Charity)  

Please click on the image/logo below for more valuable information about breast cancer from the charity..  

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Brave Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie was told she had an 87% chance of developing breast cancer as she carries the “faulty” BRCA1 gene. She then made the brave decision to have a double mastectomy. She said she did it for her children as she had lost her mother through breast cancer.

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2013/05/14/angelina-jolie-reveals-had-preventive-double-mastectomy-after-discovering/