breast cancer: It's time to know

What is breast cancer?

The term “breast cancer” refers to a malignant tumor that has developed from cells in the breast. It is an unrestrained growth of breast cells.
There are two types of cancer:
  • Benign
  • Malignant
Benign: benign tumors are not dangerous to health. They don’t spread to other parts of the body. It isn’t cause of death.

Malignant:Malignant tumors are cancerous. In the long run they can spread beyond the original tumor to other parts of the body.

Women attacked by breast cancer in Bangladesh:          
Sixteen percent of the total cancer affected women in the country are victim to breast cancer, says a World Health Organization(WHO) study. According to the latest WHO data published in April 2011 Breast Cancer Deaths in Bangladesh reached 8,396 or 0.88% of total deaths.

The gruesomeness of breast cancer:
  • Mid aged women die more for this disease.

  •  At least 1 in every 10 women can be affected by breast cancer.

  •  One person is detected in every 2 minutes.

  •  & one person dies in every 14 minutes attacked by breast cancer.

Symptoms of breast cancer:
  • An abnormal growth of all or part of the breast.

  • Lump in the under arm area.

  • Redness, thickening of the nipple or breast skin area

  • Breast pain or nipple pain.

  • Nipple turning inner side.

  • Nipple discharge other than breast milk.

  • Skin irritation.
Women who are in more risk:
  •  Whose menstruation began in early twelve or before than that.

  •  If anyone doesn’t have her menopause even after fifty

  •   Having first child after thirty.

  •   If someone's blood relative risk of bast cancer than is the case.

  •   Too much smoking / drinking increases the risk of breast cancer.
How to reduce your risk:
  • By controlling weight.

  • By limiting alcohol.

  • Breast-feeding.

  • Being physically active.
  • Avoiding excessive environmental pollution                            
  • Radiation therapy

  • Chemotherapy

  • Targeted therapy

  • Hormone therapy

  • Surgery
 Know about breast cancer...and beware about it.

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