October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the most common cancer in women worldwide.
It is important to be aware of this cancer, understand its causes, preventions and take necessary precautions. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same.
Breast cancer is the most common and rapidly increasing cancer in Asia. The incidence rates remain low, but it has been increasing at a prompt rate in western countries as well. Statistics show that there are many differences between breast-cancer occurrences in Asia compared to the rest of the world.
The mean age of breast cancer diagnosis is far early in the west. The age-specific incidence decreases after the age of 50 years. Even though every place has their share of breast cancer patients, it is safe to say that the death rate is higher in Asian countries. One could say that the majority of the population is unaware of its seriousness. Lack of advance screen programs and technology prevents proactive protection against breast cancer. People reach their doctors when the cancer is already spreading through their bodies. Because of the late detection and inadequate access to care, chances of survival of women in Asia, are very slim.
Although, there can be many number of ways, a person can catch or develop diseases but the number one case of spread for breast cancer is genetically. A pregnant woman who has breast cancer can easily transmit it to her unborn child. Doctors are recommending women to take tests regardless, even if they don’t have a breast cancer family history.
Breast cancer is hormone related and the factors that modify the risk of this cancer, when diagnosed premenopausal and postmenopausal, are not the same. The maturity of cancer bacteria is one of those key factors. Most breast cancer cases in Brazil have be prevented by not drinking alcohol, being physically active and maintaining a healthy weight. So in simple terms, you need regular doctor appointments, no alcohol, eat healthy and take it easy on those cheese burgers. Ha-ha!
If the women of this world can take a step forward and focus a little bit of their time towards this issue, I guarantee that you will save your own life, your daughter’s life and of any women you know.
So look into breast cancer and spread awareness. You never know when you might save someone’s life.
Life is precious and life is short, don’t make it shorter.
Areej Fatima is the Client Facilitation Manager – Training Solutions. She completed her Masters in International Relations from Karachi University. She facilitates the Training needs of Corporates across Pakistan, and beyond. She can be reached at [email protected]