Breast Cancer Awareness: Time To Go Pink!

Written By Hajra Khatoon, Awareness Story

October is known for many things - for global handwashing day, for Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, but what it will be now known for is probably being the Pink Month!

Pink Month is associated with the Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A whole month dedicated to awareness related to a form of cancer that is rapidly growing due to ignorance and delay in diagnosis. Though many detected cases in the US have high chances of treatment due to early diagnosis, treatment plans and awareness among patients; the scenario in India is not the same. Most of the cancer cases go undetected and those that are, run into problems due to extreme lack of awareness.

A LITTLE IN NUMBER

Here’s a little number proof to show you why we need to taking breast cancer awareness seriously in our country.

  • Breast Cancer is the most common form of cancer in India and is the second most common form of cancer in rural areas.
  • It accounts from around 25 to 30 % of cancer in females in cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Kolkata, Chennai, Ahmedabad.
  • Compared to data collected over the past 30 years, breast cancer has seen a steady rise in the population between the age group 25 to 40 years of age.
  • Even after detection, the overall cancer survival rate in India is not more than 60 % which is disturbing because countries, like the US are seeing a close to 90% survival rate.

SO WHAT IS BREAST CANCER?

As the name suggests, cancer or malignant tumor that starts in the tissues of the breast is known as breast cancer. There are two kinds - one that originates in the tubes that carry milk from the breast to the nipple and the other kind is the one that starts in the parts of the breasts called lobules which produce milk.

WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING?

Here are some facts, mixed with information to make sure you are more aware about what should be done:

  • SCREENING : Finding out if there is any problem or not

    Since early detection is a major problem and issue in India, the first thing you should be doing is to go get yourself screened. Not many of us know the symptoms and the consequences so the smart thing to do is get yourself evaluated - you don’t have to be waiting for the symptoms to occur. Go for a cancer screening just to find out if there is anything to worry about or not. Remember, cancer goes through a series of stages - the earlier the stage, the better the chances of treatment; the earlier the detection, the better the chances of knowing what to do further.

  • SELF BREAST EXAMINATION

    As implied, it is the process of looking at, touching and feeling your breasts for any problems. It is recommended that women over 20 do a monthly self examination. Women in their 20s and 30s are advised to have a clinical exam (Mammography) done by a physician at least once every three years and women over 40 should get a clinical exam done every year. The process is painless, easy to do and is effective in knowing any abnormalities as soon as they occur. Here is an article to show you how it is done.

  • KNOW YOUR FAMILY HISTORY

    There is a hereditary element in breast cancer - so knowing your family medical history is always the best thing to do. If there have been cases, then the screening is better done as soon as you are in your 20s. Get in touch with your doctor and consult on what screening is best for you.

  • NOTICE BREAST CHANGES

    There are some particular symptoms you should look out for - change in breast shape, pulling in nipples or other parts of the breast, nipple discharge that starts suddenly, swelling, warmth, darkness of breast, lump or hard know in the breast of in the underarm area, itch, sore or rash on nipple. Respond to symptoms by getting yourself checked. It might not be cancer, but it is always better to stay careful.

  • HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

    One thing that never goes out of fashion - keeping your weight under check. Eating nutritious food, having a well balanced diet, regular exercise and limiting alcohol intake are things one needs to keep in mind. Also, women should be limiting use of postmenopausal hormones.

The first step towards a better healthier lifestyle is awareness and breast cancer still runs into a lot of awareness issues in our country. Be aware, get yourself and encourage your family and friends to go for their screening too. It only takes a short time and it helps you take the first step towards beating cancer!

Rate The Story

Please give a star rating to this story. You can click any button to give your desired rating.

Share It

Share this story with your friends.

Comments

Recommendations
  • Go Green and Save Money!

    We decided to enlighten ourselves of what we can do to help reverse the process with a little incentive for ourselves - saving money! Yes, we compile a list of certain activities that are not only environment friendly but help us save...

  • Just 60 Minutes To Save The Earth?

    We put some “light” on the issue. 31st March, 2012 is the last Saturday of March or officially The Earth Hour. Besides switching off for an hour, we suggest some ways in which we all can help save the planet...

  • Isabel Glasser

    Isabel Glasser is an American actress who appeared in many Hollywood movies and TV shows. Pure Country, the 1992 romance blockbuster was her big break in the industry.

  • Just Before I'm Gone - One Death and a Disappearance

    Against incriminating evidence, an investigator aims to figure out not just why a woman allegedly killed her husband but if she even did it at all.

  • Find a Way to my Heart

    A woman aims to win back her husband, and save her marriage; her plans work out, lethally.

  • Illicit desires

    Meghan falls in love with her long lost sister, Nancy. which she recently found about. They had come together in recent terms of their father's death, Ethan, the boyfriend to Nancy, is the murderer of their father, What will Meghan do?

  • Never Forget Me!

    Follows the journey of a family desperate to bring a young man into this world. They are so full of desperation that it drives them to commit unspeakable acts. What price will they have to pay for the son they've always wanted?

  • Galee Terror

    Arya’s life will forever change after a haunting experience, but what will she do when the the choices are kill or pain?

  • बेचारा मुझे मारना चाहता था

    This short story is about a guy who killed an innocent person only because of his habit of over thinking.

  • Agent 33: Council To Evil

    A young female spy faces a tough challenge in the form of robots, ruffians...and water!

  • In Sync

    what happens when the one thing Alex had always wanted gets ripped away from her by a lover she couldn't destroy? Alex's romantic surprise turns to a nightmare when her husband is murdered in cold blood.

  • Illicit desires

    Meghan falls in love with her long lost sister, Nancy. which she recently found about. They had come together in recent terms of their father's death, Ethan, the boyfriend to Nancy, is the murderer of their father, What will Meghan do?