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Saudi German Hospital Cairo  >  press releases   >  The “Breast Cancer” battle requires more than awareness campaigns – 25 October 2017

The “Breast Cancer” battle requires more than awareness campaigns – 25 October 2017

October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but what we need more than passive awareness is proactive prevention. By virtue of their sex, all women are at risk of developing breast cancer. Knowing your individual risk can help you minimize the likelihood of developing the disease. For example, we know that having a mother, sister or daughter with breast cancer doubles a woman’s risk of developing the disease.

There are many risk reduction strategies that can lower your risk of developing breast cancer. And there is more good news — there has been a steady improvement in the treatment of breast cancer in the 21st century. This improvement is related to advances in breast imaging, recognition of familial risk syndromes and numerous evidence-based interventions including risk-reducing medications and lifestyle changes.

Your risk of breast cancer can be affected by lifestyle choices. For instance, we know that increased body weight, decreased physical activity and a diet deficient in vegetables and fruits have been linked to breast cancer. Additionally, studies have shown that increased stress, excessive alcohol use and smoking can increase breast cancer risk.

Your risk of breast cancer can be affected by lifestyle choices. For instance, we know that increased body weight, decreased physical activity and a diet deficient in vegetables and fruits have been linked to breast cancer. Additionally, studies have shown that increased stress, excessive alcohol use and smoking can increase breast cancer risk.

These consultations help women learn about what they can do to reduce their lifetime risk of the disease. Women can also go beyond screening mammograms and breast awareness to pursue the in-depth information they need to take control of their breast health through advanced treatments such as Chemotherapy, health status assessment, development of treatment plan, blood transfusion, supervision to control the use of anticancer chemical drugs and other advanced methods of treatment.

The Saudi-German Hospital earlier held a scientific symposiums on the risks of breast cancer and the latest used equipment and technologies used in their premises in Egypt and the Middle East and Africa for the first time for cancer early detection attended by a group of oncologists and diagnostic radiology professors in Egypt. One of the results of the symposium was that only 30% of women respond to cancer early detection calls, and the reason was they fear to face the idea of being diagnosed with breast cancer.

In the same context, the Department of Radiology at the Saudi German Hospital stressed on the importance of the periodic examination role in the early detection and treating the disease before spreading to other body organs.

Dr. Mohamed Hablas, the Executive Director of the Saudi German Hospital, said: “Here’s where awareness actually comes in. Knowing your individual risk can help you minimize the likelihood of developing the disease through periodic examination, especially after the age of 40, is one of the necessary and very important steps in the early detection.”

Claiming that a percentage of 25% to 30% of breast tumors are first detected by the patient herself.

 

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