Cancer Care: Essential Things You Must Do To Your Breast


L-R: Breast Cancer Survivor, Omolare Cookey, her mother and her daughter at the Child Survival and Development Organisation of Nigeria(CS-DON) Cancer Awareness Walk in Lagos recently.
P-Square  entertaining the children during the CS-DON Cancer Awareness Walk  in Lagos recently.
Mr and Mrs Donald Duke, organisers of the CS-DON Cancer Awareness Walk, during the programme in Lagos.

The talk about creating awareness concerning breast cancer and other cancers generally cannot be over-emphasised. We have long gone past the period when women just packaged their breasts into their bras and off they went.

Medical doctors have, through extensive research, found that early detection of cancer expressions could help to manage the condition effectively.
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So, for every woman, loving your breast means doing the needful including;

Having a regular self-examination of your breasts

It is advised that from as early as age 20, a woman should learn and do a self-breast-examination regularly. It requires the woman to lie on her back, stretching one hand above her head and using the other to palpate her breast. The fore of the fingers should be used to search around the breast for any strange lump(s).

A number of women who have understood the importance of doing the self-breast-examination say they prefer to examine their breasts weekly, but the doctors advise that it can  be done a week after the monthly menstrual period.

What you must do when a lump is discovered

On discovery of a lump in the breast, a colouration or a sunken point on the breast, the woman should see her doctor immediately. However, it is also advised that women who have attained the age of 45 should go for mammograms.

Usually, when a lump is discovered in the breast, a doctor does physical examination of the breast first before requiring the woman to go for different clinical examinations to determine if the lump is cancerous or benign; there could be a Citi scan, a mammogram, an FNAC or a biopsy.

After the lump is removed, it is taken for histology for a conclusive result. If the lump is benign, all well and good, but the woman is advised on a healthy lifestyle and continuous clinical checks to ensure she is healthy.

If the lump which is removed is found to be cancerous, then the woman is put through a treatment process and she has a great chance of survival as long as her condition is properly managed.

Although doctors say they cannot determine the exact causes of cancer, they advise that people should maintain a healthy diet, which should include lots of vegetables, fruits and water and avoid eating junks, maintaining a good exercise routine, which could involve a 30minute-daily brisk walk or any other form of exercise that is suitable for the individual. These put together will help to manage weight in people because obesity is an issue to contend with in cancer fears.

Talking about lifestyle with regards to cancer, doctors advise that alcohol and tobacco consumption be avoided. It is also advised that people avoid being second-hand smokers; this means avoiding staying around people who actually do the smoking while the non-smokers inhale all the deadly puffs of smoke.