“Women CREATE more than breast cancer can ever destroy.” – Pink Ribbon Campaign, 2010
Breast cancer is serious and women in India still don’t take it seriously. Having said that, even males can get breast cancer. In India, every 1 out of 22 woman gets breast cancer. It can happen to anyone … you, me, my friend, neighbour or an acquaintance.
Breast cancer has slowly replaced cervical cancer in India and is the most common cancer in women worldwide. Why it has suddenly increased is because of the lack of awareness. Most of the women avoid screening, in fact, it is synonymous to the word alien for them. Those who have developed cancer only realise when they are in stage 2B or beyond. On the contrary in the US, a routine mammography and screening help to detect breast cancer in stage 1 and 2, which further results in a better survival rate.
So we have to take a stand and rid of the attitude that “It cannot happen to me”.
October is Breast Awareness Month … and this month I am going to talk about breast cancer. Throughout the month I will share posts which will tell something about breast cancer. I shall start with
- A guide to self-assessment of breast cancer
- Symptoms of breast cancer
- Myths and facts regarding breast cancer
Here is an overview of how breast cancer affects women and men:
Do you have a personal story about breast cancer to share? Let me know I would be happy to share your story. #BreastCancer