5 Facts about breast cancer
Breast cancer is an uncontrolled growth of breast cells that develops into a tumour. Even though it’s more common in older women, it’s so important to know the risk factors so that you can do your best to prevent the disease. But to do that, you need to know the facts, so here they are, Choma.
Breast cancer is rare in teens
In fact, it’s not common for women under 40 years old to develop breast cancer. If you’re still in your teens, remember that your breasts are still developing so it’s normal to feel certain changes until they finish growing- usually in your early 20s.
There are different kinds of treatment
Depending on the type and stage of breast cancer (the size of the lump), you might need different kinds of treatment. These can range from a simple surgery to remove the lump, to chemotherapy which uses medicine to weaken and destroy cancer cells in the body.
Men can develop breast cancer too
Even though it’s very rare, men can develop breast cancer because they do have breast tissue. For males, it’s mostly common between the ages of 60 and 70, and treatment is usually the same as it is for women.
Early detection means easier treatment
The earlier that breast cancer is detected in the body, the easier it can be to treat- this is because when it’s caught early, the lump itself might still be so small that you might not even need surgery to remove it. This is why making sure you get regularly checked is so important, Choma.
Staying healthy & active can reduce future risk
Even if you can’t fully prevent breast cancer, making sure you now while you’re young can have a positive effect on your future. This includes eating a healthy diet, staying active and regularly.
If you are having doubts, remember that you should get a regular & accurate breast exam done by a healthcare provider- because a professional opinion is always best!
Remember, if you or a friend need advice or help, you can contact me here on Ask Choma, send me a Facebook Message, a Twitter DM, or a WhatsApp Message (071 172 3657).
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