Doha: Qatar Cancer Society (QCS) has launched ‘Blossom’ a national campaign to raise awareness about breast cancer to coincide with the ‘Breast Cancer Awareness Month’- October.
The campaign will emphasise the importance of periodic examination for the early detection and spreading the culture of healthy life style to prevent breast cancer. ‘Blossom’ will also highlight the health services available in Qatar encouraging the public to provide psychological and financial support to cancer patients. Heba Nassar, head of the Health Education Department at QCS, said, “Risk factors of breast cancer summarised in non-modifiable risk factors as gender (females are 100 fold more risky than men) . Age (especially age group of 55 and above) , family history of breast cancer (close relative; mother, sister, daughter), medical history of breast cancer , About five percent to 10 percent of breast cancer cases are thought to be hereditary ’ early age at menarche (before age 12) and / or older age at menopause (after age 55) ’ Have dense breasts, which mean you have a lot of fibrous or glandular tissue and not much fatty tissue in your breasts. Breast density can be determined through screening (Mammogram).”
About Modifiable risk factors she said that hormonal therapy (Hormonal contraceptive, female hormonal replacement therapy), obesity, therapeutic & environmental exposures to radiation, smoking & consuming beverages, women who do not conceive or have their first child after the age of 30 years, women who are not breastfeeding, lack of exercise. Symptoms and warning signs of breast cancer includes a persistent lump in the breast that may feel different from other breast tissue , one or more lumps in the armpit, changes in breast shape or size of breast , breast skin changes, such as redness, dimpling, hotness, visible veins, or itching , nipple pain or changes, such as nipple inversion, scaling, or abnormal discharge.
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