Do regular checkup to avoid Breast Cancer – Head of Reproductive and Child Health Unit advises Women
Mrs.Margaret Swatson Head of Reproductive and Child health Unit at Jukwa in the Central Region has advised women to regularly go for checkup in their breasts in order to detect if there are lumps that could lead to cancer and seek early treatment.
Every year, October is observed as Breast Cancer Awareness month with the objective to increase awareness about the disease and its prevention. Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women across the globe.
“In order to reduce the mortality and morbidity from breast cancer, early detection is vital.breast cancer is a potentially fatal disease but also highly detectable, treatable and warning signs when spot early could get an edge in the fight against cancer.
Speaking in an interview with Bankam Fm’s Isaac Amponsah Mrs. Margaret Swatson said Breast Cancer is a painful disease and usually kills people who contract it therefore everyone should seek early treatment or do regular checkup.
The most common and well-known symptom is a lump in the breast. But, most of the breast lumps are not cancerous. A cancerous lump is generally hard and not easily moveable other symptoms Include:
• Thickening or swelling in a part of the breast.
• Irritation or dimpling of breast skin.
• Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or the breast
•Flaky dry skin over the nipple and the darker area surrounding it (areola)
• Nipple discharges including blood could be a risk factor
•Any change in the size or the shape of the breast
• Pain in any area of the breast
• Other general symptoms are a sudden loss of weight, loss of appetite, hair loss and pains or difficulty in breathing.
Mrs Margaret Swatson also used the opportunity to educate men on how best to play or fantasize with their spouses’ breasts in order not to harm them and further advised women to breastfeed their children when they give birth as all those natural therapies could prevent breast cancer and other diseases.
Mrs. Margaret Swatson, Head of Reproductive and Child health Unit
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Story Filed By: Joel Donkoh (Bankam,Central Region)