The month of October is dedicated to the prevention of breast cancer. We have all heard of the importance of self-examination, but many women still do not practice it. Being careful with health is paramount. After all, this is a disease that brings painful moments. The sooner it is detected, the easier and more effective the treatment is .
The health ministry advises touching the breasts every month after menstruation . The menstrual cycle is the period that the breast becomes swollen, so it is not advisable to do it during. The best phase is to do it after the bleeding period is over. In front of the mirror and with your hand behind your head, touch the breast in both directions, clockwise and counterclockwise. If there is a lump , you will feel it. See the Ministry of Health booklet here . According to Inca ( National Cancer Institute ), last year there were 52,680 new cases in Brazil , scary! That is why it is so important to talk about it, information is a more than important weapon!
You can usually feel a cyst that fortunately is mostly benign, but what if it is malignant? There comes the appropriate treatment and as already mentioned, the sooner the better to detect. A biopsy is performed to detect the category of the nodule (malignant or benign). Depending on the case, the doctor may or may not refer for treatment, which are: chemotherapy, radiation therapy or both .
But Why Does Breast Cancer Appear?
Due to oscillation and high female hormonal concentration, cancer can appear in the glands. This type of cancer can be hereditary as well. So if you have cases of breast cancer in the family, mother, sister, aunt, cousin, grandmother, you have to be extra careful. This type of lump may surprise the woman. It doesn’t hurt, it doesn’t manifest at all. Just touching to know that he’s there. In some cases, the breast may be different, redder, more swollen and even liquid will flow from the nipple, but these are relatively rare and more advanced cases of the disease.
For the detection of the disease, there are several advances in medicine. X-ray, mammography and breast ultrasound. Not all of them are so comfortable and I even met women who went so far as to say that they would not have a mammogram due to the discomfort it causes. But is it better to face the pain of the exam or the pain of a breast withdrawal? And besides the aesthetic, there is also the psychological side.
Recently actress Angelina Jolie surprised by removing her breasts! She had two deaths from breast cancer in the family, the loss of her mother and the death of her aunt, her mother’s sister and that very recently. This procedure can decrease the chances by 90%, but it is very, very radical. Did you know that breast cancer is not old enough to appear? So they have no excuse to say that it is still early, the faster you do the better!
Prevention is the best medicine! Mammography and ultrasound of the breasts should be done every year in women over 40 years old and every 2 years below that age. Men are also prone to breast cancer , although it is very rare so in addition to prostate care, this should also be included. Do the self-examination, as it saves lives!
My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.