Breast Cancer Awareness
Woman’s health is not just important in October, it’s important all year round. According to the Ministry of Health, breast cancer is the most common malignancy in women in the U.A.E. In an effort to raise awareness on early diagnosis, prevention and encourage regular screenings, the Ministry of Health has launched a month-long Breast Cancer Awareness and Prevention Program. The focus of the campaign is to educate and engage women on early detection, diagnosis, and prevention. This campaign is in line with the Government’s initiative to bring down cancer-related fatalities by 18% by 2021 and lessen the cases of non-communicable diseases by 2025.
- Clinical Breast Examination
- Self- Examination
- Age: Most breast cancers are detected in women aged 50 and above.
- Reproductive History: Women who had their menstruation before the age of 12 and menopause after the age of 55 are at risk of getting breast cancer.
- Family History: A woman is at risk of getting breast cancer if she has a mother, sister, daughter or multiple first degree members who have had breast cancer.
- Radiation Therapy: Women who have undergone radiation therapy to the chest and breast area before the age of 30 have a higher risk of getting breast cancer.
- Myth: Dairy (milk) causes breast cancer
- Myth: If you find a lump in your breast you probably have breast cancer.
- Myth: Mammography induces/causes breast cancer
- Myth: Deodorants and Antiperspirants cause breast cancer.
- A monthly breast self-examination
- A clinical breast exam should be carried out every 6-12 months.
- If you are genetically predisposed, you could refer a genetic counselor
- An Annual Mammography screening