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Pink October

     

Every year October is dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease.  Many people are aware of breast cancer but forget to take steps to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. Yearly there is lot of progress done but help to spread the world is still needed!

How to do self examination?

There’s no right or wrong way to check your breasts. Try to get used to looking at and feeling your breasts regularly. Remember to check all parts of your breast, your armpits and up to your collarbone.

Nobody knows your body like you do,so you’re the best person to notice any unusual changes.

  • Changes in size or shape.
  • Changes in skin texture such as puckering or dimpling.
  • Inverted nipple.
  • A lump or thickening of breast tissue.
  • Redness or a rash on the skin/around the nipple.
  • Discharge from one or both nipples.
  • Constant pain in breast or armpit.
  • Swelling in armpit/around collarbone.

Breast cancer is a type of cancer originating from breast tissue, most commonly from the inner lining of milk ducts or the lobules that supply the ducts with milk.Cancers originating from ducts are known as ductal carcinomas, while those originating from lobules are known as lobular carcinomas. Breast cancer occurs in humans. While the overwhelming majority of human cases occur in women, male breast cancer can also occur.

Prognosis and survival rates for breast cancer vary greatly depending on the cancer type, stage, treatment, and geographical location of the patient. Survival rates in the Western world are high;for example, more than 8 out of 10 women (84%) in England diagnosed with breast cancer survive for at least 5 years.In developing countries, however, survival rates are much poorer.

Facts about the Breast Cancer

The number of people being diagnosed with breast cancer is increasing, but the good news is survival rates are improving. This is probably because of more targeted treatments, earlier detection and better breast awareness.

The biggest risk factor, after gender, is increasing age – 80% of breast cancers occur in women over the age of 50.

Breast cancer also affects men, but it’s rare – around 300 men are diagnosed each year.

Breast cancer is not one single disease there are several types of breast cancer.

Not all breast cancers show as a lump, and not all breast lumps are breast cancer.

Less than 10% of breast cancer runs in families, so having someone in your family with breast cancer doesn’t necessarily mean your own risk is increased.

The stats

Around 50,000 new cases of invasive and non-invasive (DCIS) breast cancer are diagnosed each year in the UK. This October around 4,000 people will receive the devastating news they have breast cancer.

Nearly 12,000 people die from breast cancer in the UK every year.

Breast cancer is the second biggest cause of death from cancer for women in the UK, after lung cancer.

There are an estimated 550,000 people living in the UK today who have had a diagnosis of breast cancer.

In women under the age of 35, breast cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer.

Estimated new cases and deaths from breast cancer in the United States in 2012:

  • New cases: 226,870 (female); 2,190 (male)
  • Deaths: 39,510 (female); 410 (male)