Breast Cancer Awareness Month may be over, but at CancerAware we won't rest until every woman in Nigeria is educated and informed about the resources available to her for early detection and reducing her risk.
You may have seen or perhaps taken part in activities and events this past month, as people all over the world commemorated the annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month and raised awareness about the condition.
Behind the bright colours is an important message that we must not lose sight of. Breast cancer is a serious medical condition. The statistics in Nigeria are dismal. The majority of the cases diagnosed in our hospitals are usually presented in the late stages when the disease is advanced. This does not have to be the case.
Women must take responsibility for their breast health.
GET REGULAR BREAST AND HEALTH CHECKS
Do your monthly Breast Self Examinations (at least once a month). If you notice anything outside your normal, get it checked by a doctor immediately. If you are 40 and above, you should have annual mammograms. Breast ultrasounds and breast MRIs are also recommended for women with dense breasts. If you have a family history of breast cancer, you should speak to your doctor about starting mammograms earlier and having a personalised breast screening plan. Men and women should make a habit of getting annual general health checks
CHOOSE HEALTHY LIFESTYLE HABITS
Engage in regular physical activity.
Eat more vegetables and fruits at least 5 portions a day.⠀
If you smoke, commit to quitting.⠀
Quit alcohol, even low levels raise your risk of breast cancer.
Reduce red meat and cut out processed meat completely.
If you are on hormonal contraceptives, speak to your doctor about safer, non-hormonal family planning methods.
Use safe and non-toxic skincare and household products.
Know your family health history and take action based on the information you get
SPREAD THE WORD
Share the message of early detection with your friends, family and contacts. You never know, you might be saving a life. Early detection with timely and the right treatment saves lives.⠀
Have a great November ahead.
The CancerAware Team