15th Mar, 2016
- Breast cancer is currently the most common cancer in Nigeria.
- 1 out of every 8 women is at risk of having breast cancer and a little below 1% of men are at risk of developing breast cancer.
- It is estimated that over 20 women die daily from breast cancer in Nigeria, usually due to late presentation.
- If your mother, sister or daughter (first degree female relative) was diagnosed with breast cancer, your risk of developing breast cancer is 2-4 times more.
- Women diagnosed to have breast cancer in one breast are 3-4 times more likely to develop a new cancer in the other breast or in a different part of the same breast.
- Women diagnosed with certain benign (not cancer) breast conditions (e.g. complex fibroadenoma) are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer.
- Women that start menstruating before 12 are at risk of developing breast cancer later in life and women that go through late menopause are also at risk.
- Alcohol consumption (Hmmmmmm, Alcohol again!) increases the risk of developing breast cancer.
- Women that are overweight and obese are at a higher risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer.
- Why should you examine your breast regularly? Because most breast cancers are palpable, you would be able to detect any abnormalities in your breast. Examine your breast every month a few days after your period. It can be easily treated if detected early.
Have you examined your breast today?
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