Thursday, October 14, 2010

October - The Breast Cancer awareness Month

This is a public service awareness message

Breast Cancer was once considered to be a deadliest form of cancers – something that women dreaded. The disease took a heavy toll of countless women but they also in a way contributed to the research on the subject and its cure. Thanks to those brave women and the researchers and doctors that medicines and treatment methods are now available to get rid of this disease in a majority of cases. Now the chances of women surviving from breast cancer are as high as 75% as compared to just 25% half a decade ago.

As per a rough estimate, some 46,000 women are subjected to breast cancer. Thanks to the awareness to this disease by the world media, efforts are at hand to communicate to the world the implications of the disease, the risks involved, and the trauma a patient has to undergo after the operation and its social impact. All over the world, there are fund raising campaigns to help spread the message of its awareness, carry out further R&D for its painless cure and support.

The most common type of breast cancer is called al carcinoma in situ or DCIS. In DCIS, Cancer cells are present in either the lining of a breast lobule or a duct, but they have not spread to surrounding fatty tissue. If women carryout their physical examination periodically, the symptoms of breast cancer can be spotted and there are good chances to arrest the spread of the disease. When breast cancer is detected early and treated promptly, suffering and ultimately the loss of life can be significantly reduced. For early stage breast cancer, there are more treatment options, treatment can be less disfiguring and less toxic and survival is improved.

Women have to remember that every woman has some risk of breast cancer. The majority of women who get breast cancer have no family history and no identifiable risk factors. The risk for women of getting it in their lifetime is about 1 in 8. For the time being, breast cancer is considered non-preventable, as its causes remain unknown. While there are medicines and therapies available to reduce it, it cannot be eliminated altogether.

So beware of this deadly disease, read more about it and spread the message not to alarm but to better prepare one to diagnose its occurrence at very early stage so that its effects could be reduced and the spread of disease arrested before it become deathly.

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