Home Health & Wellness Dealing with Breast Cancer; Early Detection and Management 

Dealing with Breast Cancer; Early Detection and Management 

www.publog.ng/Dealing with Breast Cancer; Early Detection and Management 
Dealing with Breast Cancer; Early Detection and Management 

Dealing with Breast Cancer; Early Detection and Management 


Breast cancer is cancer that forms in the cells of the breasts, and it is the most common cancer diagnosed in women. Breast cancer can occur in both men and women, but it’s more prevalent in women.

It has impacted over 2.1 million women each year and also causes the highest number of cancer-related deaths among women. In 2018, it is estimated that 627,000 women died from breast cancer – that is about 15% of all cancer deaths among women.

Early Diagnosis

Detecting breast cancer at its early stage is the most important strategies to avert deaths from breast cancer.

When diagnosed early, when it’s small and has not spread, is easier to treat successfully.

Early diagnosis strategies centre on providing timely access to cancer treatment by subduing barriers to care and/or improving access to effective diagnosis services. Also, regular screening for breast cancer is one of the most reliable ways to find breast cancer early.


What are the screening tests?

The earlier breast cancer gets diagnosed, the better your odds of getting successful treatment. The goal of screening tests for breast cancer is to find it before its present symptoms. Screening refers to tests and exams used to find a disease in people who don’t have any symptoms.

Different methods have been assessed as breast cancer screening tools, including mammographyclinical breast exam and breast self-exam.

Mammography uses low-energy X-rays to identify abnormalities in the breast. A mammogram can show breast lumps up to 2 years ere they can be felt. Different tests help determine if a lump may be cancer, and It has been shown to reduce breast cancer mortality by approximately 20% in high-resource settings according to WHO

World Health Organization position paper on mammography screening inferred that in a well-resourced setting, women aged 50-69 should undergo organized, population-based mammography screening if pre-specified conditions on programme implementation are met.

Related Post; Precautionary Measures Against Coronavirus.

But in limited-resource settings with weak health systems, mammography is not cost-effective, and early detection should focus on reducing stage at diagnosis through improved awareness. For women aged 40-49 years or 70-75 years, WHO recommends systematic mammography screening in women aged 40-49 years or 70-75 years only in the context of rigorous research and in well-resourced settings.

Clinical Breast Exam (CBE): is an examination of both breasts performed by a professional. CBE looks to be an assuring approach for low resource settings and could be implemented depending on the confirmation from open-ended studies.

Because screening requires ample finance and carries significant likely personal and financial costs, the decision to proceed with screening should be pursued only after (a) basic breast health services including effective diagnosis and timely treatment are available to an entire target group; (b) its effectiveness has been confirmed in the region, and (c) resources are available to support the programme and maintain quality.

Breast Self-Exams

It’s a good sense to know how your breasts normally look and feel so you can notice any changes. Your spouse can also regularly help with this. Although the American Cancer Society said there hasn’t been a clear benefit of performing regular breast self-exams. It’s always good to talk to a doctor to know what’s right for you.

Risk factors

A risk factor is anything that makes it more likely to get breast cancer. But having one or even several breast cancer risk factors doesn’t surely mean the person can develop breast cancer. Many women who develop breast cancer have no known risk factors other than simply being women.

Some risk factor includes;

A personal history of breast conditions. If you’ve had a breast biopsy that found lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS) or atypical hyperplasia of the breast, you have a high risk of breast cancer.

A personal history of breast cancer. If you’ve had breast cancer in one breast, you have an increased risk of developing cancer in the other breast.

A family history of breast cancer. If your mother, sister or daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer, particularly at a tender age, your risk of breast cancer is increased. Still, the majority of people diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of the disease.

Inherited genes that increase cancer risk. Certain gene mutations that increase the risk of breast cancer can be passed from parents to children. The most well-known gene mutations are referred to as BRCA1 and BRCA2. These genes can greatly increase your risk of breast cancer and other cancers, but they don’t make cancer inevitable.

Radiation exposure. If you received radiation treatments to your chest as a child or young adult, your risk of breast cancer is increased.

Symptoms of Breast Cancer

Signs and symptoms of breast cancer may include:

  • A breast lump or thickening that feels different from the surrounding tissue
  • Change in the size, shape or appearance of a breast
  • Changes to the skin over the breast, such as dimpling
  • A newly inverted nipple
  • Peeling, scaling, crusting or flaking of the pigmented area of skin surrounding the nipple (areola) or breast skin
  • Redness or pitting of the skin over your breast, like the skin of an orange

 When to see a doctor

If you notice changes in beast sizes, or a lump or any other change in your breast make an appointment with your doctor for prompt evaluation.

Living & Managing Breast Cancer

If the tests find cancer, you and your doctor will need to develop a treatment plan to eradicate the breast cancer in other to reduce the chance of cancer returning, as well as to reduce the chance of cancer moving to another spot outside of the breast.

Fighting Cancer-Related Fatigue

You’re likely to have some fatigue while you’re getting treated for breast cancer. That’s one of the most common side effects of the disease and treatments for it.

Follow-Up Care

After breast cancer treatment, follow-up care is a must.

Nutrition and Exercise

Regardless of the type of breast cancer treatment you are receiving, this is a time to take care of yourself by eating right, getting enough rest, and, if possible, exercising.

Tips for Family and Friends

Do you have a friend or relative with breast cancer? Here are tips for supporting her.

It can be scary to learn that someone you care about has breast cancer. You might feel sad or worried and wonder how you can help her get through it.

  • Be prepared for changes in their behaviour and mood.
  • Encourage them to be productive
  • Ask other family members and friends to pitch in. They can bring meals, or offer rides to doctor’s appointments sometimes.
  • Try to keep a positive attitude around them always.


To combat the global epidemic of breast cancer it is crucial to create a baseline for monitoring and diagnosis.


  1. wonderful put up, very informative. I’m wondering why the opposite specialists of this sector don’t realize this. You should continue your writing. I am sure, you’ve a great readers’ base already!

    • Oluwadare Ayomikun

      Thank you for the feedback. It’s appreciated. Cheers!

  2. you are really a good webmaster. The website loading speed is amazing. It seems that you’re doing any unique trick. Moreover, The contents are masterwork. you have done a excellent job on this topic!

  3. Alphonse Murallies

    Wonderful work! This is the kind of information that are meant to be shared across the internet. Disgrace on Google for no longer positioning this publish higher! Come on over and consult with my site . Thank you =)

    • Oluwadare Ayomikun

      Thank you for reading.

    • Oluwadare Ayomikun

      Thank you for reading our blog posts

  4. Rasheeda Hamiton

    I as well as my buddies came reviewing the excellent thoughts from your site and then all of a sudden developed a terrible suspicion I never thanked the web site owner for those strategies. The young boys were for this reason happy to see all of them and already have extremely been having fun with them. Thanks for turning out to be very accommodating and for having variety of extraordinary tips millions of individuals are really wanting to know about. Our own honest regret for not expressing gratitude to you earlier.

  5. Superb blog you have here but I was wondering if you knew of any user discussion forums that cover the same topics discussed here? I’d really like to be a part of community where I can get suggestions from other knowledgeable individuals that share the same interest. If you have any recommendations, please let me know. Bless you!

  6. I really appreciate this post. I’ve been looking all over for this! Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You’ve made my day! Thx again

  7. I was very pleased to find this web-site.I wished to thanks to your time for this wonderful read!! I definitely enjoying each little little bit of it and I’ve you bookmarked to check out new stuff you weblog post.

  8. A fascinating dialogue is worth comment. I think that it’s best to write more on this topic, it might not be a taboo topic but generally, persons are not sufficient to speak on such topics. To the next. Cheers

  9. I just couldn’t go away your web site before suggesting that I really enjoyed the standard info an individual provide for your guests? Is going to be back incessantly to investigate cross-check new posts

  10. Hi would you mind letting me know which webhost you’re using? I’ve loaded your blog in 3 different internet browsers and I must say this blog loads a lot quicker then most. Can you recommend a good internet hosting provider at a reasonable price? Thanks, I appreciate it!

  11. very good publish, i definitely love this web site, keep on it

  12. Heya! I’m at work surfing around your blog from my new iphone 4! Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look forward to all your posts! Keep up the superb work!

  13. An impressive share, I simply given this onto a colleague who was doing a bit analysis on this. And he the truth is bought me breakfast because I discovered it for him.. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the deal with! But yeah Thnkx for spending the time to debate this, I feel strongly about it and love studying extra on this topic. If doable, as you grow to be experience, would you mind updating your blog with more particulars? It’s highly useful for me. Big thumb up for this blog put up!

  14. Hey! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I genuinely enjoy reading your articles. Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that cover the same topics? Many thanks!

  15. My brother recommended I may like this web site. He used to be totally right. This publish truly made my day. You can not believe just how much time I had spent for this info! Thanks!

Leave a Reply