10 Things You Didn’t Know About Breast Cancer

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“It drove Home the Value of Early Detection, education and intervention.”
Janet Napolitano

One in Eight women will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer at some point in her lifetime. Breast Cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among women ages 20 to 59. Whether rich or poor, black or white, every woman is at risk of breast cancer.

Breast cancer is a malignant (cancerous) growth that begins in the tissues of the breast, although it is most common in women, it can also affect men. Breast Cancer is responsible for about 16% of all cancer related deaths in Nigeria.

The two major risk factors associated with breast cancer include being a woman and age. Symptoms of Breast Cancer include a lump in the breast or underarm that persists after the menstrual cycle, swelling in the armpit, Pain or tenderness in the breast, a change in the nipple, underlying discharge etc.

Women have always been encouraged to regularly check their breasts because early detection has been identified as the major key to surviving breast cancer.

 

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