Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Written by Editor on 17th September 2020
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and provides an opportunity for us all to focus on breast cancer and its impact on those affected by the disease in our community.
Between 2012-2016 the Seychelles National Cancer Registry recorded 155 cases of breast cancer, making it the second most common cancer in Seychelles, as well as the most common type of cancer among women.
On average, there has been one new case every month until 3 years ago, when numbers started to increase.
Take the time this month to find out what you need to know about breast awareness and share this important information with your family, friends and colleagues.
Be ‘breast aware’
- Know what is normal for you
- Look at and feel your breasts
- Know what changes to look for
- Consult a doctor about any changes without delay
What changes should I look for?
It is often women themselves who first notice their breast cancer. Most changes are not caused by cancer, but it is very important to report anything unusual to your doctor. Look for:
- Changes in the size, shape or feel your breasts
- A new lump or thickening in one breast or armpit
- Any puckering, dimpling or redness of the skin
- Changes in the position of the nipples, a rash, nipple discharge
- Pain or discomfort that is new to you and felt only on one side
If you notice any of these or any other unusual changes to your breasts, it is worth seeing your doctor.
- Cases of Breast Cancer are rising in East Africa
- Risks of being diagnosed increase with age, especially those over 50 and those older than 70
- Breast Cancer is predominantly diagnosed in females but males can get it as well; 3 cases in males were recorded in the last 2 years in Seychelles
- Those who carry the two genetic markers BRCA 1 and BRCA2 are more likely to develop breast or ovarian cancer
- Smoking and alcohol
- Diet high in saturated fatty acids, processed meat and red meat
- Sedentary life style/lack of physical exercise will increase the risk