1. Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths amongst Indian females, amounting to more than 70,000 deaths every year. But what might come as a relief is the fact that 40% of these deaths can be easily prevented by ensuring regular screening, most of which can be carried out by women at their homes. Also, a very simple investigation, called Mammography is capable of diagnosing as many as 90% of these lesions at a very early stage.
2. Many risk factors associated with Breast cancer are pretty much avoidable. These include:
- Fatty diet
- Diet deficient in phytoestrogens (which are predominantly found in nuts and oilseeds, also in soy products, cereals, breads, legumes, meat etc)
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Use of post-menopausal hormonal therapy
3. There are certain risk factors that are not under our control, like:
- Increasing age
- Certain genetic mutations
- Early menarche (Beginning of menstrual periods before the age of 12 years)
- Late menopause (Cessation of menstrual periods after the age of 55 years)
- Breast cancer in family
No need to panic though, since these factors are not under your control. All you need to do is follow the guidelines given on the website below, and also get yourself examined by a trained medical professional, both on a regular basis.
4. Screening for breast cancer is not very difficult, and can be easily learnt by going through the steps mentioned in the website below, under the tab ‘Screening’. Ideally, breast examination by oneself should begin at the age of 20 years itself, and is recommended only once a month. And Mammography is to be begun at an annual frequency, at the age of 45 years.
5. However, if you are a high risk female, these investigations should begin at the age of 30 years itself. To know if you are a high risk female or not, go through the ‘Screening’ tab on www.bcam16.ga. We made you aware of this dreaded disease, now it’s your turn to spread the good word. You can be part of this campaign by using this Twibbon on your Facebook and Twitter accounts. You can also like their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter (@bcam2k16) to be updated about the issue.
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