October, World Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October should not be seen as just one of the months of the year, but this month is a time to raise awareness of breast cancer as one of the most important cancers in the world, which has a high annual mortality rate.
During the month of October, many people work together to raise awareness about breast cancer, and many international and national institutions work to raise the awareness of women and, of course, men in this field.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women, and the remnants of the disease, children and spouses who mourn the loss of their mother or spouse forever, are also significant. On this account, raising awareness about breast cancer and raising the level of global knowledge about early diagnostic methods and prompt treatments will not only save the lives of many women, but also keep many families away from despair and grief. will do.
There is no other formula for increasing the risk of survival after breast cancer, and that is early diagnosis. This means that most of the efforts during the Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October, are to encourage clinical breast examinations, mammograms, ultrasounds, and so on.
It seems that the more information is provided about this, the more it is necessary to raise awareness about breast cancer and do not hesitate to repeat it in this area. Seeing the pink ribbon reminded her of annual tests, ultrasounds, mammograms, self-examinations, and encouraged other women to take these screening courses. This is the only way to survive breast cancer as the second deadliest cancer in the world.
What to do in October?
1. Use the pink color symbol
Throughout the month, pin the pink ribbon to your clothes and hang it in your bag. Wear pink clothes and when all others have inquired about the cause, inform all friends and acquaintances about this so that they will be reminded of the need for screening and early diagnostic procedures. Encourage those around you to have ultrasounds and mammograms.
Although this color is only a symbol, but when you see it, you often remember the subject of screening and remind yourself and everyone around you about this issue. This symbol in silence can also be a great reminder for people who forget in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, how life-saving early diagnostic methods can be, and sometimes a simple examination to diagnose a small tumor in time. Saves a person’s life.
2. Use social media
Social media is a strong platform for disseminating information and this tool should not be underestimated in this period. Use the social media space to maximize awareness about breast cancer and explain breast cancer as much as possible and emphasize the importance of the issue. In any way you can alert your friends and colleagues to this issue so that they also have the opportunity to inform those around them. This social movement must be activated as a chain around the world, and all women must consider early diagnostic procedures.
To know the anatomy of the breast, you should know that the breast is composed of different tissues; From very fatty tissue to very dense tissue. Inside this tissue is a network of lobes. Each lobe is made up of tiny, tube-like structures that make up the lobules and contain the mammary glands. The small ducts of the glands connect the lobules and lobes and carry milk from the lobes to the pacifier. The nipple is located in the middle of the areola, which is a darker area that surrounds the nipple. Blood and lymph vessels also flow throughout the breast. Blood nourishes the cells. The lymphatic system drains the body of waste products. Lymphatic vessels attach to lymph nodes, small, bean-shaped organs that help fight infection. Groups of lymph nodes are located in different areas of the body such as the neck, groin and abdomen. It should be noted that the regional lymph nodes of the breast are the same as the lymph nodes under the arm.
October serves as a reminder to screening women in the hope that by doing so, early detection will lead to more positive results in the fight against breast cancer.
The main advantage of breast cancer screening is the reduction in mortality. According to studies, mortality in women over the age of 50 screened is about 22% lower than in non-screening conditions for breast cancer. Screening often helps diagnose breast cancer early when it is easier to treat. In addition, early-stage breast cancer can usually be treated with breast protection.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide; Both in developed and developing countries. In low- and middle-income countries, the incidence has been steadily rising in recent years due to increased life expectancy, increased urbanization, and the adoption of a Western lifestyle.
There is currently insufficient knowledge about the causes of breast cancer, therefore, early detection of the disease is still a cornerstone of breast cancer control. When breast cancer is diagnosed early and if adequate diagnosis and treatment is available, the chances of breast cancer improving are very high. But if diagnosed late, life expectancy often drops. In such cases, palliative care is needed to alleviate the suffering of patients and their families.
Most deaths (269,000) occur in low- and middle-income countries, where most women with late-stage breast cancer are diagnosed due to a lack of awareness of early detection and barriers to health care. Makes treatment difficult.
WHO promotes comprehensive breast cancer control programs as part of national cancer control programs. Early detection strategies for low- and middle-income countries, awareness of early signs and symptoms, and screening with clinical breast examinations are among the recommendations of this organization. Mammography screening is very expensive and is only possible in countries with adequate health infrastructure that can provide a long-term plan. But in other areas, early diagnosis can be achieved using clinical examinations.