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October month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October month is Breast cancer awareness month and ARPS is passionate about fighting and overcoming cancer.

The incidence of breast cancer among South African women is increasing and it is one of the most common cancers among women in South Africa. It is the most prevalent cancer amongst white and Asian women and the second most common cancer among black and coloured women.

 

Facts about breast cancer:

 

Early detection of the condition can lead to effective treatment and a positive prognosis. About 90% of patients survive for many years after diagnosis when breast cancer is detected at the early stages.

Regular self-breast examination and regular mammograms are key to early detection.

Presenting yourself early for treatment may result in more effective treatment, leading to a reduction in pain and suffering and a significant decrease in the loss of life.

Possible signs of breast cancer can include:

  • swelling of all or part of the breast,
  • skin irritation or dimpling,
  • breast pain,
  • nipple pain or the nipple turning inward,
  • redness, scaliness or thickening of the nipple or breast skin,
  • a nipple discharge other than breast milk, and
  • a lump in the underarm area.

To treat your cancer, you may have one or more of the following treatments:

Surgery, Radiotherapy, Chemotherapy, Hormone therapy, Biological therapy.

Lifestyle changes that may minimise your risk; Follow a healthy diet, Exercise regularly, Stop smoking, se alcohol in moderation, Try to have your children before the age of 30 if possible and breastfeed.

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