October is breast cancer awareness month, an annual campaign set aside for women to become aware of the disease, early detection, prevention, screenings and be enlightened about the disease.

A few private organisations like the Medicaid Diagnosic Centre Abuja FCT, will be having a walk away cancer march, as well as a concert on the 31st October ,2015. For more details visit their website  www.medicaidradiology.com or follow their instagram page @medicaidrad

WHAT IS BREAST CANCER?

Breast cancer is  simply cancer that develops from breast tissue. It is a malignant tumor that starts in the cells of the breast. A malignant tumor is a group of cancer cells that can grow  into surroundingtissues. or spread to distant areas of the body. The disease occurs almost entirely in women but men can get it too.

Early warning signs of breast cancer may involve the discovery of a new lump or a change in the breast tissue or skin.

Risk factors for developing breast cancer include: female sex, obesity, lack of physical exercise, drinking alcohol, hormone replacement therapy during menopause, ionizing radiation, early age at first menstruation, having children late or not at all, and older age and genetics, 5 to 10% have inherited it from their parents.

The diagnosis of breast cancer is confirmed by taking a biopsy of the concerning lump.

Once the diagnosis is made, further tests are done to determine if the cancer has spread beyond the breast and which treatments it may respond to.

 

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