October is Breast Cancer awareness month; you will notice a lot of people wearing various shades of Pink, so on my recent shoot I wore one of my favorite maxi skirts and paired it with a bright pink off- shoulder top.
Breast cancer affects about 27 in 100 000 women in South Africa. The reality is that the incidence of cancer is becoming more common among local women, the number of positive cancer cases is rapidly increasing.
Breast cancer is a disease in which cells in the breast grow out of control.
Cancer occurs as a result of mutations, or what we can call abnormal changes, in the genes responsible for regulating the growth of cells and keeping them healthy. The genes are in each cell’s nucleus, which acts as the “control room” of each cell. Normally, the cells in our bodies replace themselves through an orderly process of cell growth: healthy new cells take over as old ones die out. But over time, mutations can “turn on” certain genes and “turn off” others in a cell. That changed cell gains the ability to keep dividing without control or order, producing more cells just like it and forming a tumor.
A few interesting facts about breast cancer:
- It is not only humans who suffer from breast cancer, some animals do too. It is more common in dogs than cats, but tends to be more aggressive in cats than dogs.
2. Men get breast cancer too. A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000. But breast cancer is less common in men because their breast duct cells are less developed than those of women and because they normally have lower levels of female hormones that affect the growth of breast cells.
3. The left breast is 5 – 10% more likely to develop cancer than the right breast. The left side of the body is also roughly 5% more prone to melanoma (a type of skin cancer).
4. Most women (about eight out of 10) who get breast cancer do not have a family history of the disease.
SYMPTOMS OF BREAST CANCER INCLUDE:
- New lump in the breast or underarm (armpit).
- Thickening or swelling of part of the breast.
- Irritation or dimpling of breast skin.
- Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or the breast.
- Pulling in of the nipple or pain in the nipple area.
- Nipple discharge other than breast milk, including blood.
- Any change in the size or the shape of the breast.
- Pain in any area of the breast.
It is vital that you check your breast as often as possible. And to do regular checkups especially after the age of 55.
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