Breast cancer is a major global public health concern. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide. Globally, about 4.5 million people are living with breast cancer, mostly women. Over 1 million new cases are diagnosed every year with about 600,000 deaths attributed to breast cancer every year. In Nigeria, breast cancer is a major cause of death and disability. It is the most common type in women and the most common cancer in both males and females. It was responsible for 11,000 deaths in 2018.
A major cause of worry is a delay in diagnosis due to late
presentation, low level of screening, difficulties in accessing care, poor knowledge
and awareness of the disease overall, especially in low-income countries such
as Nigeria. October is recognised as the month dedicated to raising awareness of
breast cancer all over the world. It is intended to educate people on breast
cancer and the importance of screening as well as raise funds for research and
treatment. A single cause of breast cancer has not yet been found. This means
that early detection and prompt treatment is very necessary to control breast
cancer. Early diagnosis leads to better outcomes and this is helped by
increasing awareness on breast cancer.
To create awareness about breast cancer in your own little way, here are some tips we have prepared for October:
- Wear the pink ribbon: Off to a jog or a business meeting? You should wear a pink ribbon. It is the symbol for breast cancer awareness and will surely show that you are in support of the awareness month. You may also be approached by people who have questions about the ribbon. Engage them.
You can display posters, distribute pamphlets at work or share information on breast cancer on social media.
- Learn more about breast cancer: You should familiarise yourself with the risk factors, signs and symptoms as well as the treatment options for breast cancer. This will help you stay informed when unusual changes are noticed. Arm yourself with the facts!
- Volunteer for events to raise awareness or funds for breast cancer: Look out for special events or fundraisers dedicated to raising awareness on breast cancer near you. You may choose to volunteer to help out in any way or donate money. You can also organise an event by yourself at home or at your workplace. Contact Sebeccly on (insert phone number or email address) if you would like to volunteer, organise an event or donate money.
- Get screened and help others access screening: Learn how to do a self-breast examination and teach someone else! It is important to go for your breast cancer screening. so you should offer support and providers to friends and family who are hesitant to go for screening.
Still, got questions or need further clarification on how to mark World Breast Cancer Day? Kindly visit www.sebecclycancer.org to participate in any of the lined up activities for the month.
Do not forget to drop your comments in the comment box or chat with our oncologists and psychologists directly. We would love to hear from you.
Until next time #Keep Painting the world pink.
Loads of Love