Breast Cancer Part 1

Breast Cancer Part 1


The month of October in every year is set aside as the Breast Cancer Awareness month. While most people are aware of how Cancer is ravaging our world and the attendant loss of lifes and properties little or nothing is still being done by those who should be concerned about the scourge.

While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. Though various governmental and non-governmental agencies have made a lot of progress in advocating and sensitizing people around the world but we still have a long way to go and need your help!

This piece is to sensitize and educate ourselves on what Breast Cancer is all about.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month ( BCAM), also referred to in America as

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month ( NBCAM ), is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer.

The month of October was adopted in 1985 by America cancer society and AstraZeneca. They aim to promote Mammography as the most effective weapon in the fight against Breast Cancer. 100px-Pink_ribbon.svg

The Pink Ribbon as an international signs of breast cancer awareness. Pink ribbon express moral support for women with breast cancer. The pink ribbon idea started in 1991and adopted by NBCAM in 1992. Pink and Blue ribbon is sometimes used to symbolise breast cancer in men.

What is Cancer?

Every day, cells in your body divide, grow and die. Most of the time cells divide and grow in an orderly manner. But sometimes cells grow out of control. This uncontrolled growth of cells forms mass or lump called a Tumor. Tumors are either Benign or Malignant. Benign tumors are not cancerous but if left untreated can pose a health risk, so they are often removed. When removed they don’t reappear and they do not invade or spread to the neighboring tissue.

Malignant/cancerous tumor on the other hand are made of abnormal cells. They can invade the surrounding tissue and spread to other parts of the body. A Malignant Tumor that develops in the breast is called BREAST CANCER.

What are the types of Breast cancer? What is Self Breast Examination? For more on this topic, watch out for the next part


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