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How have you all been doing? Hopefully good. I had become Mr. India for some time, but I am back now. October is here, and we all know that this month is dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness; here is my bit in the form of this article. Breast cancer is one of the most commonly occurring cancers in women. The word ‘cancer’ in itself is very daunting and scary, but breast cancer becomes more sensitive because of the stigma and the vulnerability of emotions attached to it. We relate breasts with femininity; can you imagine yourself without your breasts? Loss of identity, image, sense of being are the excess baggage that often comes with this form of cancer. We all can very well understand, if not sense in actuality, what goes on in the mind of the victims.
What Is It:
This type of cancer occurs more often in urban areas, and generally in women above 40; it does occur in men, but it is relatively rare. Breast cancer occurs in the milk duct or milk nodules (where milk is formed). The tissue in this area starts multiplying out of control and forms a lump or a tumor, which may or may not lead to invasive (spreading) cancer.
What Triggers Breast Cancer:
There are a lot of factors that can lead to the occurrence of breast cancer like heredity, genetics, lifestyle, urbanization, weight, medical history, exposure to triggers and various others. Pinpointing a cause is still not possible in most of the cases though.
Breast cancer is more commonly found in the developed cities and states as compared to the rural or the underdeveloped ones. Lifestyle, polluted environment are mainly responsible here. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is very important for women living in such areas.
2. Unhealthy Lifestyle
Maintaining proper weight and fitness is also very important, especially if you have a sedentary lifestyle. Oversized or overweight breasts also tend to be at more risk. So, working out is really very important. Diet also matters, and homemade food always wins over take-aways or packaged ones as the latter have a lot of chemical preservatives and stabilizers.
If somebody in your family has/had cancer, the chances for you increase too, but it’s not necessary that you’ll 100% get it. It depends upon your relation with the patient – whether she is your immediate family member or a distant one.
4. Environmental Factors
Sometimes, the environment you get daily exposed to also matters – like a person staying close to a toxic factory or working directly with chemicals will get more affected. At time, medications can react or some other form of cancer can spread. Too much or regular x-rays, scanning or radiation exposure are also considered a probable trigger now.
This generally occurs in women above 40 years, and is more common in women with late or no pregnancy as breastfeeding reduces the chance of occurrence of this cancer.
What DOESN’T Trigger Breast Cancer:
Signs and Symptoms:
There are a few symptoms by which you can detect at home; you just have to look for some symptoms. Women above 40 should religiously perform monthly self breast-examination tests. You can check by carefully examining your breasts and nipples, and also your armpits with your fingers.
If any of the above symptoms is encountered, you should immediately see an expert. It might not be cancer, but precaution is always better than the cure. The treatment generally depends on the stage of the cancer and most commonly surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, hormonal therapy are practiced.
With a little precaution and self-examination, breast cancer can be detected at a very early stage, and can be treated too. Many women are not aware about it, or shy away from this topic, and hence are never able to get proper treatment, in time.
Women who have breast cancer need a lot of emotional support and stability. Friends and family have a big responsibility here – be patient with them! They are going through a huge emotional ordeal. Go for family counseling, if you must. The society should be more aware and sympathetic towards them. Make them realize that there is more to life, more to them, and that this is not the end. Sometimes emotional support and love cure more than medicines.
Hope you guys found this article helpful; do share your experience and views.
Love you, stay blessed, stay happy! 🙂
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