October Month: Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is celebrated as a Breast Cancer Awareness Month to increase awareness of the breast cancer. The Breast Cancer Awareness Month helps to increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection and treatment as well as palliative care of this disease.
- Breast cancer is the top cancer in women worldwide.
- Breast cancer is increasing in developing countries where the majority of cases are diagnosed in late stages.
- Raising general public awareness on the breast cancer problem and the mechanisms to control as well as advocating for appropriate policies and programmes are key strategies of population-based breast cancer control.
- Many low- and middle-income countries face now a double burden of breast and cervical cancer which represent top cancer killers in women over 30 years old.
- These countries need to implement combined strategies that address both public health problems in an effective and efficient way.
- Control of specific modifiable breast cancer risk factors as well as effective integrated prevention of non-communicable diseases which promotes healthy diet, physical activity and control of alcohol intake, overweight and obesity, could eventually have an impact in reducing the incidence of breast cancer in the long term.
- Early detection of the disease remains the cornerstone of breast cancer control.
- When breast cancer is detected early, and if adequate diagnosis and treatment are available, there is a good chance that breast cancer can be cured.
Breast Self Examination Process
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