That women and men can contract breast cancer? There are reported cases of both sexes being affected by breast cancer but mostly women. Cancer is defined as an overgrowth of abnormal cells and it can affect any organ in a person’s body. But the goal is to control the growth and prevent death.
Cancer is a preventable disease in most of the reported cases; however, risk is increased in patients who have a family history of cancer. As breast cancer continues to kill thousands around the world, it is very important for people of all races to understand the importance of screenings.
Now aside from discovering this dreadful disease by the presence of lumps in the breasts, how can one detect breast cancer? Well, breast cancer can be asymptomatic, meaning no evident symptoms. As for women, performing monthly breast exams during and after your menstrual cycle is still beneficial. But the most effective way to know if you are at risk for getting breast cancer is by going to your local physician and getting screened.
Conversely, there are modifiable risk factors that can help prevent this deadly disease. Modifiable risk factors for breast cancer include unhealthy diet, obesity, alcohol use and physical inactivity. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2012 about 173,200 cancer deaths will be caused by tobacco use alone (“Cancer Facts & Figures,” 2012). Tobacco use, as we know it, is a learned behavior. There is also a link between cancer and obesity. So if you are struggling or know someone that is struggling with the aforementioned risk factors, please seek help immediately.
As an intern pharmacist, it is important to advise everyone that being diagnosed with a condition or a disease is not the end of the world. Medicine is advancing daily and there are millions of breast cancer patients who are receiving medical and psychological treatment and living well. Again, what you do not know can kill you if you are not aware or informed.
For those of you who have been screened already, congratulations! But for the remaining thousands of unscreened persons, we at Women of Standard magazine urge you to please go and get screened for breast cancer, as well as any other life-threatening disease. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month and spreading the good news to keep you alive and healthy is one of our goals.
If you have any questions and concerns regarding your health or the wellbeing of someone you know, please contact your local doctor’s office and make an appointment. Again, what you do not know, can and will end the precious life God has given.