STAY ABREAST OF CANCER

by Bambang Raman Syah , at 11.03 , have 0 komentar
STAY ABREAST OF CANCER - According to a leading report, Breast Cancer in India has increased at an alarming rate since the last two decades. Oncologists and medical experts however assert that regular self-examination and timely detection can help detect the malady at the earliest and salvage the situation

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While most women are aware of breast cancer, many do not know how to detect the disease in its early stages. Others are ill-informed on the issue. October is ‘Breast Cancer Awareness Month’ - wherein an annual campaign is conducted to increase awareness of the disease and educate women, at large, over the malady so that it can be contained at the earliest. Although steps have been taken to spread the awareness, we still have a long way to go…

SELF-EXAMINATION: TIMELY STEPS Breast self-examination is very important. If breast cancer is treated at an early stage. it is easier to treat it successfully.

Check your breasts after the periods are over
Check your breasts once a month
Don’t panic if you find any lumps as it does not necessarily indicate cancer, each and every time
You can use a mirror while examining your breasts for texture and skin tone
Nipples are also an important part to consider while checking for breast cancer.

MAMMOGRAPHY & EARLY DETECTION Dr Bandita Sinha, Gynecologist & Obstetrician, Fortis Hospital & Apollo Clinic, Navi Mumbai
“It is really important to detect any kind of cancer in the early stages. That helps a lot in treatment. Upto 25 percent of breast cancer can be detected by Breast Self-Examination (BSE). A lump in the breast does not necessarily mean cancer. If you feel any hardness or a lump, whether it is painless or painful, immediately consult your doctor. The doctor will carry out a screening called mammography and 35 percent of cancer is detected with help of it. Mammography can detect a swelling as small as 0.5cm in the depth of the breast, which may not be palpable from the surface. Every woman who is above 40 should go in for a mammography. If there is any family history of breast cancer, then go for the test at the age of 35. A lumpy breast is not a sign of breast cancer. A breast is made of milk glands, so if someone pokes or feels it, the feel will always be lumpy. So breast examination is always done with palms, not fingers.”

Dr. Sanjay Sharma, Onco Surgeon, Asian Cancer Institute "Lifestyle, obesity, smoking, alcohol intake and family history affects the rise in risk of developing breast cancer among women. There are few indications that women must know such as a lump in the breast or underarm, unusual discharge from the nipple, unusual skin tone of either of the breast or change in size of any of the breast.”

Bambang Raman Syah
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