Breast cancer awareness month 2021.
- By Joy Njeri
- October 19, 2021
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Are you struggling with breast cancer, or know someone who is, or want to equip yourself with credible information? Then this article is for you. Cancer simply is an overgrowth of abnormal cells resulting in a tumor. The overgrowth of cells hinders the body from operating normally. The tumors can either be benign or malignant. Benign tumors are not cancerous and don’t have the potential to spread to other parts of the body. Malignant tumors on the other hand are cancerous and have little probability of invading other body parts.
There are two major categories of cancer; solid tumor cancers and blood cancer eg. leukemia and lymphoma. Breast cancer falls under the solid tumor cancer because it occurs in breast tissues. There are a host of other breast disorders but today lets dive right into one of them, breast cancer-the commonest type of cancer in women.
What causes breast cancer
Hard as it is to attribute cancer to a specific cause many risk factors have been advanced as risk factors of breast cancer. They include; Lifestyle habits, genes, toxic carcinogens in the environment, smoking tobacco, poor diet, physical inactivity, viruses . Obesity puts you at more risk of cancer because the fat cells produce the hormone estrogen that encourages cancer cells to grow.
How do I know if I have breast cancer
Even in its initial stages, it is detected through mammograms. This calls for regular screening. Given that breast cancer is majorly painless it is critical to also do some self-examination at home on a regular. •Abnormal discharge from the nipple
•Swelling in the breast
•Change of colour and texture of the breast
If you notice any of the aforementioned symptoms, there is need to book a consultation to seek medical advice.
Imaging tests such as mammograms, breast ultrasound and breast MRI are useful in detecting breast cancer.
How does it spread
Cancer is capable of spreading to other parts of the body, a process known as metastasis. These cells travel either through the lymph system and in some cases through the blood stream.
Is cancer treatable
The answer is a resounding yes! As a matter of fact statistics show that many people have successfully undergone treatment and declared cancer free. It is therefore not all doom and gloom, thanks to science, research and technology. Cancer is treated through surgery and/or chemotherapy. Book your consultation here
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Caregivers of cancer patients
As a caregiver you might sometimes feel overwhelmed. It is okay to feel emotionally and mentally drained because after all it is a labour of love. Remember to take good care of your health as well. Join a support group for psychosocial help if possible and ask for help where need be. Talk to one of our counsellors here ; checks.sahlhealth.com