“Being informed is the battle half won”
Breast cancer and cervical cancers are the two most common cancers affecting South African Women, and one the most serious diseases women face. Its important for every women to be in touch with your body, understanding what’s normal and what’s not, what symptoms to be aware of and so on. Early detection with any disease improves treatment outcomes.
Breast Cancer is a disease that affects mainly women, but is also found in a small percentage of men. Breast Cancer happens when the bodies ‘s cells multiply uncontrollably , it is this excessive cell growth that causes cancer.
Signs and Symptoms: The first signs are usually thickening of the breast tissue, or a lump in the breast.
A pain in the armpits or breast that doesn’t go away even after monthly cycle
Discharge from nipple
Change in size or shape of breast
Peeling and flaking of the breast skin
All these symptoms are serious and should be attended to immediately when discovered, self-examination is an excellent technique to constantly check for signs and symptoms at home.
Lifestyle Choices also has an influence and can increases our chances of contracting cancer, like smoking, poor diet and lack of exercise. Making a positive change in your lifestyle can reduce your risk of getting cancer.
Go out there this October and support the breast cancer awareness movement in your area, and make it a point to make better lifestyle choices to better your health.