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Some Information About Breast Cancer
Breast Cancer is the most common cancer amongst women in the Philippines. According to the Philippine Statistics of Authority and the Department of Health, it shows that 3 in every 100 Filipina women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. The Philippines had the highest prevalence of breast cancer from among 197 countries in February 2017, according to the Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society.
Despite the efforts in campaigning for breast cancer in the Philippines, there are still a lot of people who lack awareness and the proper knowledge of the disease.
At Kasuso, we are working passionately to help indigent patients. We are focused on breast cancer awareness and breast cancer support educating women, as well as the local government health care units about the importance of breast cancer and breast health. We want to share that amongst cancer breast cancer can easily be detected at an early stage by examining your breast.
Some more facts about breast cancer:
While females have a significantly higher risk (100 times more), males are not exempted from having it. One in 1,000 males gets breast cancer in their lifetime. (Philippine Cancer Society)
85 per cent of breast cancer cases do not have a family history, while there is a higher risk for those who have a history of the disease, it does not guarantee that breast cancer is inherited. (Philippine Cancer Society)
There is no substantial proof that antiperspirants, deodorants, bras, and birth control pills increase the risk of breast cancer.
Having a healthy lifestyle doesn't guarantee you not having breast cancer. It is true that regular exercise, consuming the right food, avoiding alcohol and smoking, and have good sleep habits could lower your breast cancer risk, but these do not remove the risk altogether. Until now there is still no known specific cause of breast cancer, only risk factors.
Mammograms are effective in detecting even early-stage breast cancers and this is why. itis important to do so every year especially after 40. But it could also give a false- negative result from time to time, depending on the breast tissue, according to breastcancer.org. Hence, why a monthly self- examination is still as important.