Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer for women in the world. In the kingdom, breast cancer accounts for 30% of all cancer diagnoses.
1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer Every 2 minutes a case of breast cancer is diagnosed
Know Your Breast Cancer Risk Factors:
Aside from being breast aware, you should also be aware of your risk for developing breast cancer. If you have any of these risks, let your doctor know. Remember, early detection can save your life.
- Gender: Females are at higher risk than males; however, men do get breast cancer.
- Age: 81% of breast cancer are found in people over the age of 50.
- Family history: 5-10% of breast cancers are hereditary with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation.
- Having been diagnosed with benign breast diseases: Previously being diagnosed with fibroadenoma, breast cysts, or fibrocystic changes.
- Early puberty or menstruation and/or Late menopause.
- Chronic smoking: Including cigarettes, shisha, or cigars
Breast Cancer Screening
- Mammogram: From the age of 40, women should begin having special X-rays called mammograms. They should be done annually to detect any changes.
- Self-Breast Examination/Clinical Breast Examination: Once a month do a self-breast exam. As part of your annual mammogram, your doctor should also conduct a breast examination.
- MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging): Women who are at high risk based on their family, medical or personal history, should have a yearly MRI as well as a mammogram.
The Good News! If breast cancer is found early and confined to the breast, the 5-year survival rate is 99%.
What You Can Do:
- Increase physical activities such as doing regular exercise.
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Conduct Self-examinations starting at the age of 20 and annual mammogram screenings starting at age 40.
- Know your risks: Family, medical and personal history
- Eat a well-balanced diet and avoid unhealthy foods
- Regularly consult with your doctor and have regular clinical breast exams.
- Seek genetic counselling & testing
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