OCTOBER: BREAST CANCER PREVENTION MONTH
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in developed countries.There are risk factors which means that it is a multifactorial disease.Some factors are personal or « intrinsic » (for example, genetic load) and other factors are related to habits « extrinsic » such as diet, lifestyle, certain treatments, etc.
Early diagnosis of breast cancer is the most important contributor to healing. What does this mean? The « smaller » the cancer, the more likely for it to be cured.
Knowing your breasts and regular visits to a gynaecologist has been and still is the best advice you can give to women. But the most specific method to diagnose millimetre-sized lesions is the mammography, followed a long ways behind by the nuclear magnetic resonance and ultrasound. This is why mamography is currently accepted as the ideal method for screening the population.
The ages to begin having a mammography and the intervals at which it hould be repeated depend on the national health programmes and the existence or not of risk factors referred to above.
A good goal for women during this month of October would be to think about and start taking the accepted preventative measures and to get a medical opinion if faced with any doubts using the methods mentioned above.
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