One of hardest things in life is to lose someone you love. In my family, this disease has taken two loved members. For the people close by, it is hard to see their loved one losing their strength and shine for what it seems to be a fraction of seconds. This silent killer has been taken people from their family for years, but its present has increase dramatically during the past decade. Raising awareness it is the first step to fight it. October Pink is to talk about the C disease, Cancer.
According to Wikipedia, cancer is a group of diseases involving abnormal cell growth with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body. Some takes years to develop and to show any symptoms such as abnormal bleeding and unexplained weight loss. There are several types of cancer (more than 100), as it can attack any part of the body. The one I would like to talk in specific is breast cancer, since we are at the month of October. Hence, October Pink. Although I think it should be a topic for every month, it is important to talk about it now since it is at the highest peak of the wave.
There are over a million cases of breast cancer, and 85 % of the people who get it do not have history of cancer in the family. You see, there is a need to talk about this painful but important issue.
The anatomy of the breast is shown in the side photo. There are commonly identified breast cancer, the ductal and lobular. Ductal is called as such because it begins in the ducts carrying the milk and goes to the nipple. Lobular because begins in the mammary glands.
It is important for women to constantly check themselves to identify any abnormal growth or lump in the breasts. Usually lumps are not considered breast cancer, but they do influence the probabilities of getting it. If any lumps are noticed, a visit to a health care provider needs to be done to define if benign or cancer.
The cancer tends to spread through the lymph system. This system has nodes that transport clear fluid from the breast to other parts of the body, and this can help it to spread to others parts of the body (metastasize).
To prevent several daily trips to the health care provider, you can do the self-check exam at home. It is very easy to do, and it will get you accustomed to the your breast structure. Once this happens, any abnormal growth will be immediately noticed by you, and your visit to the doctor may save your life. Here is a photo that explains how to do a self-check exam:
The self-examination is of extreme importance to all of us, however it does not substitute your yearly visit to the doctor. Please get yourself informed more on this website: Cancer, Breast Cancer or Google it. Information about this is available in many reliable websites and books. The more you are informed about a topic, the less scary it becomes and the better options/solutions you find. The journey to knowledge is never ending.
Have you done your self-examination today? Be Pink, Raise Awareness in October Pink 🙂
Until next time, Hungry People.