Breast cancer awareness campaigns have been highly effective in getting attention for the disease. Generally, breast cancer receives significantly more media coverage than other prevalent cancer types, and Nigeria has not been left behind in the need to educate the world on breast cancer.
Breast Cancer is the most common form of cancer among females in Nigeria, with at least 7,000 reported cases yearly and statistics show that 1 out of every 20-25 women will have breast cancer during their lifetime, while 7,000-10,000 new breast cancer cases occur every year in a population of over 70 Million women.
Events to support Breast Cancer awareness in Nigeria this October have ranged from the Jog For Life 2012 (Lead Jogger, her Excellency Mrs Abimbola Fashola), Pink Pearl Foundation’s ‘Students Unite Against Cancer’, 1k4Cancer 2012, Breast Help-lines for Cancer patients, Child Survival and Development Organization of Nigeria’s 2012 Run For A Cure and much more.
The goal of breast cancer awareness campaigns is to raise the public’s awareness about breast cancer, its detection, its treatment, and the need for a reliable, permanent cure. Increased awareness has increased the number of women receiving mammograms, the number of breast cancers detected, and the number of women receiving biopsies
Breast cancer awareness is an effort to raise awareness and reduce the stigma of breast cancer through education on symptoms and treatment.
The first symptom of breast cancer is typically a lump that feels different from the rest of the breast tissue. More than 80% of breast cancer cases are discovered when the woman feels a lump. The earliest breast cancers are detected by a mammography and clinical breast exam, which can indicate an approximate likelihood that a lump is cancer, and may also detect some other lesions. Indications of breast cancer, other than a lump, may include changes in breast size or shape, skin dimpling, nipple inversion, spontaneous single-nipple discharge or even a pain in the breast.
The primary risk factors for breast cancer are the female sex, age, lack of childbearing or breastfeeding, higher hormone levels, economic status, dietary iodine deficiency, and tobacco smoking. Others include personal history of breast cancer, and family history.
Exercise, drinking less alcohol, breast feeding and obesity may reduce breast cancer risk. Breast cancer is usually treated with hormone blocking therapy, chemotherapy, and monoclonal antibodies, surgery, radiation. Treatments are given with increasing aggressiveness according to the prognosis and risk of recurrence.
For more information about events this month in support of the breast cancer awareness, or for information on breast cancer, you can log on to the official website of The Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria http://www.brecan.org/ or mail them on either of the following
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