Breast cancer is a critical health issue affecting millions of women worldwide. October is observed as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time dedicated to increasing awareness about this disease.
Breast cancer is characterised by the uncontrolled growth of cells in the breast tissue, often forming a lump or tumour. Early detection is crucial for effective treatment, which is why awareness campaigns, fundraisers, and events take centre stage during this month.
This article aims to shed light on the importance of Breast Cancer Awareness, its significance in promoting early detection, and all other important details.
Breast cancer is further categorised into multiple segments. In this section, we have discussed the most four common types that are seen among women across the world including the UAE -
Each woman may develop and experience different symptoms of breast cancer. However, you can refer to the most usual symptoms of breast cancer below -
A self-examination of the breast is an effective way to identify the possibility of breast cancer and make an early detection. As per experts, it is advisable for women to perform this check on a monthly basis.
Let’s see how to check breasts for any inner lump or tissue formation -
Keep your arms on the sides and analyse your breasts carefully. Visually examine for any changes in the shape and size of both breasts. Apart from this, make sure to see if there is a formation of lumps, swellings, or other irregularities on the breast and nipple skin.
Your breast tissue spreads evenly across the chest wall when you lie down. Take your three middle fingers and start checking the opposite breast, i.e. use your right hand to evaluate your left breast. With light, medium, and firm pressure, see if you feel any lump, knots, or hardened parts on and around the breast and armpit area.
Additionally, press your nipple to check for discharge, if any. Perform the same activity on another breast.
Use the pads of your three fingers (Index, Middle, and Ring) to check the armpit and breasts. Press these areas gently and with firm pressure to see if you feel any lump formation. Also, check for any hardened area on and around the breast and armpit area.
Note: Although it’s important to do a self-analysation of breasts at home, keep in mind that it may not be sufficient in itself. You must not ignore the need for doctor consultation.
According to researchers and health experts, there is a multitude of factors that increase breast cancer risk. These include environmental, lifestyle, and hormonal aspects. Regular lifestyle habits such as consumption of alcohol, and insufficient physical activity can increase the risk of breast cancer. Apart from these, even being overweight or obese leads to breast cancer. It is yet to be identified as to why women get diagnosed with the disease even when they do not possess any risk factors.
It’s worth mentioning that not everyone who possesses breast cancer risk factors will necessarily develop the health condition. In fact, women are also likely to have breast cancer even if there are no risk factors.
With that said, here are some of the common risk factors of breast cancer seen in Emirati women:
Regular health check-ups are essential for women, especially in terms of breast cancer risk and awareness. While breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide, early detection can significantly improve treatment outcomes.
Here are some compelling reasons for regular check-ups:
Breast Cancer Awareness Month serves as a crucial reminder of the importance of early detection and prevention in the fight against breast cancer. In the UAE, this annual observance has played a significant role in raising awareness about the disease, promoting regular screenings, and providing support to those affected.
It is crucial that we continue to educate ourselves and our communities about breast cancer, fostering a culture of awareness and proactive healthcare. By coming together to support research, treatment, and advocacy efforts, we can make strides toward a future where breast cancer is not just treatable but preventable, saving countless lives in the process.
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