Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2019
03 paź 2019

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

This blog is in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is a month dedicated to raising awareness and to encourage fundraising to help aid research.

1 in 8 women are diagnosed in their lifetime and it is vital that you check yourselves regularly, although rare, men can also be diagnosed with breast cancer.


Back in 2014, a member of our team at Ebisu Health had the devastating news that her mother had been diagnosed with breast cancer. She recalls how heart breaking it was to see such a healthy woman find out and go through such a tough time, but she fought it amazingly and is now thankfully she is all clear and fighting fit.

Her cancer was diagnosed at the age of 54 after attending a routine mammogram, which showed a lump deep in the breast that could not be felt by hand. That mammogram saved her life!

We cant stress enough how important it is that you check yourselves regularly and visit your GP if you have any concerns, here is some helpful information and advice about breast cancer.


Symptoms

  • Change in shape of one of the breasts or both
  • Discharge from the nipple area
  • A lump or swelling in the armpit
  • Dimpling on the skin of the breast
  • Rash around the nipple
  • Change in appearance of the nipple
  • Breast pain is not usually a symptom


Risk Factors

  • Age – risk increases the older we get
  • Family history of cancer
  • A previous diagnosis
  • Previous benign lump
  • Being overweight/obese
  • Alcohol


Diagnosis/screening

Visit the GP if you have any concerns, after examination they may refer you for further testing such as a mammogram or biopsy, normally carried out at your local breast clinic.

A Mammogram is an x-ray image and is used to detect lesions in the breast, although this may fail to detect some types of breast cancers.

Women who are at higher risk of the developing the disease may be offered screening or genetic testing.

All women between 50 – 70 are invited for screening every 3 years.


Will the mammogram hurt?

All women respond differently, some say it is painful whilst some feel nothing at all. It is totally normal to feel discomfort and a little pain from the pressure of the screening equipment.

The pain/discomfort level may depend on

  • The size of your breasts
  • The timing of the screening in relation to your menstrual cycle
  • The skill of the screening technician


Treatment

A combination of treatments are used such as:

Surgery

Chemotherapy

Radiotherapy

Hormone / biological treatments


Types of surgery and treatment will depend on the type of cancer diagnosed. The links below will take you to a good site where the different types of breast cancer and different treatments are explained further.

https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/breast-cancer/stages-types-grades/types

https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/breast-cancer/treatment



During treatment

Communicate with others going through similar treatment

Talk to your family and friends

Find out more about the condition

Avoid doing too much

Rest and look after yourself


There are a number of charities to offer support and advice, not only about the cancer itself but psychological issues, financial issues and signposting to support services.

Help is out there don’t face it alone.


Here at Ebisu Health we are teamed up with Cancer Central UK, a digital platform whose mission is to help all those affected by cancer. Take a look at their website by following the link below.

https://www.cancercentral.org.uk/moreAboutUs.jsf


Other Useful links


https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/womens-health/how-should-i-check-my-breasts/

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/breast-cancer/

https://raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org/

https://www.macmillan.org.uk/get-involved/fundraising-events