Breast Cancer …
Think Pink Think October
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast Cancer has overtaken Cervical cancer as India’s leading major killer disease in women.
Breast Cancer: Aspira Care
Early detection and timely treatment of breast cancer is almost curable, and it helps improve quality of life, extends life expectancy and saves on treatment cost, in most cases. More than 90% of women diagnosed with breast cancer at the early stages survive the disease for more than five years (World Health Organization). More importantly if breast cancer can be diagnosed at relatively early stages, then why delay regular medical check-ups
Aspira cares for every woman by offering healthcare diagnostic services even at their door step. Aspira also offers preventive healthcare diagnostic services for diseases such as cardiac problems, diabetes, and many more.
In our country, breast cancer is the leading cancer-type present amongst women.It accounts for 27 percent of all cancers in women in India. One in 28 women is prone to develop breast cancer during her lifetime. It is estimated that over 1,60,000 new cases of breast cancer are identified each year and about 80,000 die of the disease yearly. The risk of breast cancer cases in on the rise. Most breast cancer deaths occur among the 30 to 70 years age group however, studies show that it is being detected among younger women (30-40 year age group). Healthcare providers recommend providing right information and advice to women for availing diagnostic services, soon after attaining the age of 30 years.
Risk Factors of Breast Cancer
- Early menarche (before the age of 12)
- Late natural menopause (after the age of 55)
- Not bearing children and first pregnancy after the age of 30
- Ionizing radiation (X-rays), particularly during puberty
- Hormone therapy including oral contraceptives containing estrogen with or without progesterone
Symptoms of Breast Cancer
- Discomfort in the breast
- Changes in the shape, including shrinkage of the breast (particularly in one breast only)
- Dimpling anywhere on the breast
- Bloody nipple discharge
- Lumps in the breast
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Weight loss
How to reduce your risk of Breast Cancer/ How do I prevent Breast Cancer ?
Keep Weight in Check
Be Physically Active
Eat Your Fruits & Vegetables
Don’t Smoke & Avoid Alchohol
Breastfeed, If Possible
Avoid Birth Control Pills
Take an appointment with Aspira lady doctors for demonstration of self-examination of breast, it is all FREE.
Steps for Breast Self-Examination
Step 1 (With shoulders straight and arms on hips)
Familiarize yourself about shape, size and texture of your breast by looking through the mirror. In case you observe: dimpling or bulging of the skin, inverted nipple rather than nipples sticking out, redness, soreness, rash, or swelling draw the attention of your doctor.
Step 2 (Arms raised)
Look for above mentioned changes, if any. In addition, look for any signs of discharge, watery/milky/ bloody, coming out of one or both the nipples.
Step 3 (Feel your breasts while lying down)
Use your right hand to feel your left breast and then left hand to feel right breast. Cover the entire breast from top to bottom,side to side and from armpit to cleavage.Be sure to feel all the tissue from the front to the back of both the breasts.
Step 4 (While standing or sitting)
Repeat the step 3 while you are standing or sitting.
Cover your entire breast, using the same hand movements.
Other Tests for Early Diagnosis of Breast Cancer
The other tests and procedures recommended for early diagnosis of breast cancer is Mammogram which is an X-ray of the breast. If an abnormality is detected on a screening mammogram, your doctor may recommend a diagnostic mammogram to further evaluate that abnormality.
- Women should perform Breast Self-Examination every month.
- Let your doctor or general practitioner examine both your breasts and your armpits every year.
- If you are over 40 year of age, should have a breast X-ray (mammogram) every two years.
- Regular physical activity helps reduce your breast cancer risk.
- Diet rich in vegetables, fruits, poultry, fish, and low-fat dairy products to a reduced breast cancer risk.
- Avoid alcohol drinking, certainly not more than one drink a day. Higher volumes may enhance risk for breast cancer.