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Health + Goes Pink For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Tuesday, October 2, 2018
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Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) is an annual international health campaign, organized by major breast cancer charities in October of every year. The objective is to bring awareness to the cause, as statistics show that breast cancer makes up 25% of cancer diagnoses in women globally. The survival rates for breast cancer vary worldwide. With BCAM becoming so popular, funds for research, treatment, diagnosis, prevention and even hints to a hopeful cure are increasing every year.

What is Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer refers to a malignant tumor that develops from cells in the breast. This particular type of cancer develops in the cells of the lobules, which are the milk producing glands, or the ducts, the passages that drain milk from the lobules to the nipple. It is less likely that cancer develops in the fibrous tissue of the breast, but it definitely isn't impossible.

Can Breast Cancer occur in men?

Even though men do not have breasts like women do, they do have a certain amount of breast tissue. The “breasts” of an adult man are similar to that of a prepubescent girl. The main difference is that the girl's breast tissue develops as she hits puberty a man's does not. This does not mean that men cannot get breast cancer, because there is still breast tissue they certainly can. It is very rare for a man under the age of 35 to develop breast cancer, the rare cases quite often occur between the ages of 60-70. According to The Trinidad and Tobago Cancer Society, “male breast cancer accounts for about one percent of all cancer deaths in men.”

How is Breast Cancer detected?

The sooner breast cancer is detected the better the odds for a successful treatment. This is why regular breast examinations and mammograms are recommended, so it's more likely that you notice a change in the event of any. The first test usually don't by your doctor is a breast examination, he will check for lumps in the breast tissue and the lymph nodes in your armpits. A breast ultrasound can also be conducted, this will determine if the lump is solid or possibly a fluid-filled cyst. The Cancer Society of Trinidad and Tobago suggests that, “a change in consistency of the breast tissue can also be a warning sign of the disease. For this reason, it is important that any new breast mass, lump or a change in the consistency of the breast tissue should be checked by a health care professional experienced in diagnosing breast diseases.”

Stay tuned for more information on breast cancer for the entire month of October!


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