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What is ‘Pinktober’ and The Common Cancers in Women

October 13, 2020

 

 

It’s Pinktober again!

 

 

What is Pinktober, or Pink October?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease.

 

 

 

FAQ on Breast Cancer:

 

Q: I have a lump in my breast. Is it breast cancer?

A: Breast lumps are common and not always associated with breast cancer. They can exist due to other underlying breast problems that you may not know about. More women have benign (non-cancerous) breast problems than cancer. The importance of screening for breast cancer or breast problems cannot be overstated.

 

Q: Can a healthy diet help to prevent breast cancer?

A: A nutritious, low-fat diet (30 grams or less) with plenty of fruits and green and orange vegetables can help reduce the risk of developing breast cancer. A high-fat diet increases the risk because fat triggers estrogen production that can fuel tumour growth.

Q: Can breast cancer be detected early & what is the survival rate?

A: According to the American Cancer Society, when breast cancer is detected early and is in the localized stage, the 5-year relative survival rate is 99%. Early detection includes doing monthly breast self-exams and scheduling regular clinical breast exams and mammograms.

Q: How to do a breast self-exam (SE)?

A: Follow the steps below:

Q: How often should I do a breast self-exam (BSE)?
A: Give yourself a breast self-exam once a month. Look for any changes in breast tissue, such as changes in size, feeling a palpable lump, dimpling or puckering of the breast, inversion of the nipple, redness or scaliness of the breast skin, redness or scaliness of the nipple/areola area, or discharge of secretions from the nipple.

If you discover a persistent lump in your breast or any changes, it is very important that you see a physician immediately. Though 8 out of 10 lumps are benign, all require evaluation to confirm that they are not cancerous.

 

Feel free to ask our doctor for advice on Breast Self-Exam (BSE) or mammogram when you visit us!

 

 

 

Cervical Cancer

 

Another cancer that most often affects women includes cervical cancer.

 

Knowing about these cancers and what you can do to help prevent them or find them early (when they are small, haven’t spread, and might be easier to treat) may help save your life

 

In Conjunction with #Pinktober, we would also like to raise awareness to Cervical Cancer which can also be prevented at early stage!

 

 

 

 

FAQ on Cervical Cancer:

Q: What are the signs and symptoms of Cervical Cancer?

A: There are usually no signs and symptoms in the early stages of cervical cancer.

 

Q: Who is at risk of cervical cancer?

A: All women who have ever had sexual activity before are at risk. The risk increases if you: -Have a condition that leaves you with a weak immune system (e.g. lupus). -Are Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) positive.

 

Q: How long does it take for cervical cancer to develop?

A:Cervical cancer is a slow-progressing condition. It usually takes up to 15 years to develop cervical cancer. This is why regular screening is important because it can be cured when detected early.

 

Q: I have no family history of cancer. Do i still need a Pap or HPV Test?

A: Yes. All women who have ever had sex sometime in their lives are at risk of cervical cancer.

 

Q: What are the treatments of early stage Cervical Cancer?

A: Treatments of early-stage cancer include: Cone biopsy (colonisation), Laser surgery, Loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP), Cryosurgery & Hysterectomy

 

 

 

 

Find out more about Pap Smear Test by Reaching Out to us +65 9728 2861

 

 

 

References:
https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-faqs

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