October marks breast cancer awareness month across the globe. In order to help increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection, and treatment of this disease.
Breast cancer is by far the most common cancer found in women worldwide.
Currently, there is not enough sufficient information on the causes of breast cancer, therefore early detection of the disease is vital.
- 1 in 28 women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime
- The survival rate for women with stage 0 or stage 1 is almost 100%, for stage 2 it is 93% and for stage 4 it is 22%
- The most common sign of breast cancer is a lump in the breast
- 1 male for every 100 female patients will develop breast cancer
- Common in women over 40 years old
- Not all women need to lose their breast, the breast can often be preserved if the cancer is detected early on
- Stage 4 breast cancer means that it has spread to surrounding issues
Breast cancer can be detected through a self-examination, mammogram or ultrasound screening of the breasts and it is advised that after the age of 30 women should go for a mammogram at least once a year.