October, is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an occasion that reminds us of the critical importance of having awareness of this ferocious disease and the undeniable correlation between awareness and treatment; the earlier the detection, the more effective the treatment. And a fast action only requires a high level of awareness. It is no secret that in the past few decades, cancer rates, in general have been on the rise all around the world, triggering more and more research digging deeper in the causes, prevention and treatment of all kinds of cancer. Here, we will shed some light on the breast cancer.
With the rising global rates of breast cancer, every woman should
Although people have developed more and more awareness of the
While still on this matter, oestrogen levels are also linked to obesity. Overweight women have higher levels of oestrogen, thus, developing higher chances. High sugar intake has also been linked to cancer in general. Studies have also shown a relation between alcohol consumption and cancer; the higher the intake, the higher the chances. So, it is high time we all start reconsidering our lifestyle and health habits. Just like any disease, cancer has stages of development based on how advanced the disease is.
So, when a patient is diagnosed with cancer, it is designated by a number from 0 to 4, with number 4 indicating the most advanced stage and 0 being the stage of the disease that is the easiest to be treated. That said, time is of the essence when it comes to the detection and diagnosis of cancer. The more time you wait, the faster the cancer grows and moves from an early stage into a more advanced one.
Also, breast cancer can be categorised into different types depending on the location of cancer and the receptors. Some cancers occur in the ducts of the breast and that is called ductal breast cancer. Whilst some
This leads us to treatment options and what can be done once diagnosed. Treatments for breast cancer are in many options whether they will be surgery by removing the whole breast or just the tumour followed by the administration of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. If the cancer is hormonal dependent, as discussed above, then hormone suppressants can be added
There are also the alternative treatments which play a positive role in the prognosis, from immunotherapies, herbal therapies to diet and lifestyle changes. As mentioned above, statistics show a rising rate of breast cancer worldwide. However, they also show an increased rate of survival. Credit should be given not only to the effectiveness and variety of