The Globe observes World Breast Cancer Day every 19 October with activities aimed at creating awareness about the health condition.
During this year’s edition, women have been advised to make sure they meet a medical expert whenever they feel any abnormalities around their breast, while assuring them that there is a cure for breast cancer.
Dr. Glenda Nkeng, an oncologist who was guest on the Twilight programme over the CRTV on October 12, 2021, said women need to know their breasts “the advice I always give my patients is know your breast. If you know your breast, you know if something has changed in the recent past or the recent future”.
She said breast cancer is curable, stressing that it must be detected early “early detection saves lives” she stated.
Some irregularities which the medical practitioner encouraged ladies to look out for include; having a lump in the breast, a nipple discharge that is bloody, discoloration on the breast, dimpling, or a retraction of the nipple.
To further check the abnormalities, there are two main methods used. “Examination of the breast is two things; visual and palpation which is feeling. Visual first, the lady stands in front of the mirror, undresses, looks at her breast and then we go now to palpation” Dr. Glenda explained.
With more awareness raised, it is hoped that women will pay increased attention to little changes on their breasts, and meet medical experts for advice or examination.