Our company supports and encourages the commemoration of Pink October. The date symbolizes the fight against breast cancer and raises awareness among men and women on the precautions to be taken against this disease.
Cancer is characterized by the rapid and disorderly growth of cells with the capacity to multiply. These cells tend to go out of control, quickly forming malignant tumors that can spread to any part of the body. Breast cancer, as the name says, affects breasts, which are glands formed by lobes, which are divided into smaller structures called lobules and mammary ducts. It is the most common malignant tumor in women over 35 years of age, according to the National Cancer Institute of Brazil (Inca).
When diagnosed and treated in the early stages, the chances of curing breast cancer reach 95%. Tumors of this size are too small to be detected through palpation, but are visible in mammograms. That is why it is recommended that women do mammograms once a year starting at the age of 40.
The disease is the second most common type of cancer among women worldwide and its symptoms show very early on: breast lumps, reddish, retracted or abnormal textured skin, changes in the nipple, small lumps in armpits or neck and abnormal fluids. That is why it is essential to pay attention to any sign in your body and take preventive exams. Here are some tips:
How does prevention work?
Always try to have a balanced diet, with more fresh and less industrialized food. Also do exercises: ideally for 30 minutes, three times a week. And avoid cigarettes and alcohol, as they are proven risk factors for many types of cancer.
How to identify?
“Self-examination remains the main way to identify the disease. It is important to highlight that this process does not require a specific technique. Frequency is more important, so that patients can notice changes in their breasts with this habit,” says Dr. Danilo G. Araújo, Doctor and Health and Life Quality Manager at our company.
Mammography is recommended annually and usually for women over 40 or with a history of the disease in the family, but those who are younger should also pay close attention. Self-examination is still the main way of discovering the disease.
And pay attention to the signs: if you suspect any symptom you feel, don’t ignore it. If you notice any change in your body, see your doctor!
Do you think only women suffer from this problem? You’re wrong.
Men also have a chance, although smaller, of getting the disease. Regardless of age or gender, treatment is the same. Possible signs of breast cancer in men include lumps or swelling, usually (but not always) painless, wavy or wrinkled skin, retracted nipple, reddish or flaky breast or nipple skin, swelling of lymph nodes in the armpits.
Remember that these changes are not always caused by cancer. Therefore, if you notice any changes in your breasts, see a doctor immediately to get a diagnosis.