"We share Breast Cancer Awareness month as early diagnosis and screening can help save a lot of lives and it is important to raise this awareness in our society." said Simon A. Nehme, Chief Business Development Officer, Nehmeh.
Alarming facts by the Indian Council of Medical Research stated that India might record over 17 lakh new cases of cancer by 2020, of which breast cancer alone accounts for around 27 per cent of cases among women. As well as lumps, women should check for a change in the shape or size of the breast, a puckering or dimpling of the skin, a discharge from the nipples, change of nipple shape, redness or a rash on the skin or around the nipples, swelling in the armpits or collar bone area.
"Many are not aware that 1-2% of men can be diagnosed with Breast Cancer".
One of the most common symptoms of breast cancer is the presence of a lump or mass in the breasts, which did not previously exist.
Joshua is a part of a community of networking people aiming to provide the best breast cancer care, diagnosis and treatment to anyone. He will admit he had no clue men could even get breast cancer. "I think there's still some institutional racism that black women face as they navigate the system".
Hence it is of utmost importance to understand your breast's health, and undergo routine checkups for a higher chance of successful treatment.
Aibinuomo said that breast cancer could affect both sexes.
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It is reported that Ghana has recorded 4,645 breast cancer cases from January to September in this year as surveyed by GLOBOCAN a Cancer surveillance database managed by the International Association of Cancer Registries (IARC). According to World Health Organization, it was estimated that over 508,000 women died in 2011, due to breast cancer worldwide.
In addition to male breast cancer, Prof Speirs works on developing models to study breast cancer that use human tissue and therefore does not require animal testing.
She warned that cancer does not discriminate, nor does pain suggest early stages of cancer.
The doctor, however, called on the government to implement a policy to ban the consumption of alcohol and tobacco, to reduce deaths arising from breast cancer.
"People are getting more aware, the more that we're out there", she continued.
"It was not easy but I had my family, friends, church members praying and supporting me the way I wanted and I was able to fight breast cancer", she narrated.
The Immediate Past Deputy National President of NAWOJ, Hajia Bilqees Oladimeji, said that early detection was the only panacea to prevent breast cancer.