Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women of all races in South Africa. October is “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” in South Africa and there is a concerted nationwide effort by government and private healthcare organisations to raise awareness of this disease.
Various events and symposiums are held throughout the City to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer.
Significantly the colour pink in the form of ribbons are sold. Many celebrities and sporting codes support these efforts by wearing pink or using pink accessories and sports products.
Regular self- breast examination including annual mammograms and ultrasonic checks are key to early detection. About 90% of patients survive for many years after diagnosis when breast cancer is detected at the early stages.
Men are encouraged to support their wives and daughters, this must not only be a women’s only journey because in many cases women lose their self- esteem or even suffer from depression when breasts have to be removed because of cancer.
Women are encouraged to educate themselves about breast cancer, go for regular checks and look out for the following:
•A change in the size, outline or shape of your breast
•A change in the look or feel of your skin such as puckering or dimpling
•A new lump, thickening or bumpy area in one breast or armpit that is different from the other side
•Nipple discharge that is not milky
•Bleeding from the nipple
•A moist, red area on your nipple that doesn’t heal easily
•Any change in nipple position such as your nipple being pulled in or pointing differently
•A rash on or around your nipple
•Any discomfort or pain in one breast that does not go away (Tips taken from Breastlight General Clinic Information)
City clinics will be targeting women patients with information and assistance.
This information was supplied by the City of Johannesburg