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Early detection is the key to prevention Breast Cancer Awareness Month

 All you need to know about the disease

What is Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer is characterized by uncontrolled growth of cells, which results in formation of lumps within the breast and it is known to be the most common cancer among women worldwide

"Early detection is the key to prevention"  Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer burden

• Breast Cancer impacts 2.1 million women each year, and also causes the greatest number of cancer-related deaths among women

• In 2018, it is estimated that 627,000 women died from breast cancer

• In most of the developing regions the in incidence rates are below 40 per 100,000.

• The lowest incidence rates are found in most African countries Breast Cancer in India

Breast Cancer in India

• It is the most common cancer in women in India and accounts for 14% of all cancers in women

• The incidence rates in India begin to rise in the early 30's and peak at ages 50-64 years


Busting the breast cancer myths

Myth: A lump in your breast means you have breast cancer

Fact: Only a small percentage of lumps in the breast are cancerous. But if there is a persistent lump consult a doctor.

Myth: Antiperspirants and deodorants cause breast cancer

Fact: As per NIH, no scientific evidence links the use of these products to the development of breast cancer.

Tips for Breast Cancer Prevention

• Women should be aware as to how their breast normally look and feel. If you feel any change, then consult the doctor

• Advisable for women who are around 40 to get their mammography done

• For new mothers, it is advisable to breastfeed their child at least for one year

• Don't smoke or drink alcohol in excess

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