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Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is a type of cancer that develops from breast cells. It is one of the most common cancers affecting women worldwide.

Causes breast cancer;

  • Family history
  • Being overweight
  • Lack of physical exercise
  • No breastfeeding
  • Alcohol and Tobacco use
  • Early onset of menstrual period
  • late age at first child birth

Signs and symptoms of breast cancer;

  • A change in size of the breast
  • dischargement from one or both
  • Thickening in the breast or lump in it
  • Change in position or shape of nipple
  • Rash around the nipples
  • Constant pain in the breast or armpit.

Screening can be done by trained health worker,

Breast cancer treatment;

  • surgery
  • radiation
  • or hormone therapy.

What is Breast Self – Examination

It is recommended to create awareness of breast cancer, is to empower woman to take responsibility for their health.

Best time to undertake Breast Self – Examination

  • 17-10 days after the first day of the menstrual period
  • If not menstruating, pick a certain day-such as the first day of each month
  • If taking hormones, then do it 1-2 days after withdrawal bleeding
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