Empowerment in Pink:
How to avoid being the victim of Breast Cancer. American cancer society says that around 43200 women will die off Breast Cancer – a disease which can be prevented if one follows breast cancer awareness program.
What is Breast Cancer & its risk factors?
Breast cancer is the abnormal growth of cells in the human breast tissue. Possibly, this condition can grow in both males and females, but it is 100 times more occurring in women. Some of the risk factors include older age (particularly crossing 40), obesity, having no children and using hormonal birth control methods. Family history and genetic factors also play a role as 5-10% of cases are hereditary.
What are most common signs & symptoms?
Most common early signs and symptoms of breast cancer in a female include painless lumps or nodes in the breast, unusual change in breast shape or size, skin texture difference and breast pain. Breast self-exams are helpful as it would help to quickly notice any of these signs and consult healthcare professionals for proper guidance.
How is early detection possible?
Breast cancer is a battle that can be won through early detection. Regular self-exams and mammograms are essential for catching the disease in its early stages when treatment options are more effective. By taking charge of our own health, we empower ourselves and increase our chances of successful recovery. Let’s spread the word about the importance of early detection and encourage everyone to prioritise their well-being.
How is risk reduction possible?
To reduce the risk of developing breast cancer, few practical steps can be incorporated in daily life such as maintaining a healthy lifestyle, regular exercise, a balanced diet as well as avoiding alcohol and tobacco consumption. Additionally, the importance of regular clinical check-ups and screenings remains unchanged.
What are the myths about breast cancer?
Along with the awareness about breast cancer, few misconceptions and myths also revolve around this topic. One of the misconception is the wide-spread belief that only older women are at risk and males cannot develop breast cancer at all. Whereas, males are also breast cancer patients even if they are half times less likely to suffer from this disease than the opposite gender. Furthermore, age is a prominent risk factor of breast cancer but there are cases found in younger females too.
Where can the fighters find support?
There are various support groups and organizations for breast cancer patients and their respective families. For instance, American Cancer Society is a remarkable platform providing resources to support affected individuals. It also educates breast cancer fighters about the suitable treatment options to improve their survival chances. Similarly, Breast Cancer Care also offers support services which consists of a helpline, online community and face-to-face support group. Such initiatives play an appreciable role in providing emotional support and power of community to patients as they embark on their journey towards recovery.
How can we support breast cancer survivors?
Breast cancer survivors are warriors who have faced adversity head-on and emerged stronger. Their stories of resilience and hope inspire us to stand by their side and support them throughout their journey. Whether it’s participating in charity walks, volunteering at support groups, or simply offering a listening ear, we can make a difference in the lives of survivors. Let’s celebrate their triumphs, acknowledge their struggles, and show them that they are cherished members of our community.
Codilia Gapare – an inspiring cancer advocate who got diagnosed when she was a 36 year old single mother. She proved to be a brave cancer survivor who fought by herself to shield her family from the news until she could not. She highlighted the importance of support as she said, “You can’t do the cancer thing alone; you have to let people in … The more you shut people out, the harder it is for all of you.” Gapare advises all patients to be strong and not shy away while asking for help.
How can we play our part in spreading awareness?
In the age of social media, our voices have the power to reach millions. Let’s utilize this platform to spread breast cancer awareness far and wide. By sharing stories, statistics, and resources, we can educate our friends, family, and followers about the importance of early detection, self-exams, and regular screenings. Let’s encourage others to join the conversation by using hashtags like #BreastCancerAwareness and #PinkPower. Together, we can create a viral movement that saves lives.
In a world where unity and support go hand in hand, let’s work towards the good cause of breast cancer awareness. Join the movement and let’s make a powerful impact together.