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Yash TiwariParticipant@yashJune 3, 2021 at 5:43 pm #31799
Nearly one-fourth of women in India die of breast cancer, compared to less than half that number in the United States and comparable countries. In addition to late diagnoses, patients face several other hurdles: Stigma about receiving care for breast cancer — many doctors refuse to write prescriptions for chemotherapy and artificial nipples for mastectomy patients, citing religious beliefs or family pressure, according to cancer experts. Inadequate access to treatment centers and counselors in poor areas. One reason the mortality is high among breast cancer patients in India could be the delay in detection of the disease. Yet, another reason could be low awareness and knowledge.
According to the statistics presented by the society, every year, as many as 1.2 lakh new cases of breast cancer and 0.41 million deaths are accounted for globally. The total number of deaths is twice that of annual cases and South East Asia is having the highest number of breast cancer patients. The concerns over poor awareness of BC symptoms among women in India have been accelerated by the observation that more and more women are visiting the health facility after the stage of breast cancer has become ‘inoperable.’
It is evident from the findings of this study that women are not sufficiently aware of the symptoms of breast cancer and the risk factors associated with it. The result also highlights that most women tend to neglect the warning signs of the disease and do not pay attention to preventive steps. Furthermore, the present study did not reveal any positive aspects but revealed some enlightening facts about early detection of breast cancer, its symptoms, risk factors, impact on life and how can regular screening plays an important role in saving lives.
Women should be aware of the risk factors and symptoms associated with breast cancer. This will enable them to make an informed decision about their diet and lifestyle, which can reduce their chances of developing the disease. There is a lack of awareness and education in areas of the general public in regards to breast cancer. Breast cancer accounts for 23 percent of deaths among all cancers which amounts to over 315, 000 deaths yearly in India.
Nearly all (95%) of the women aware of breast cancer had ever heard or read about it. When asked if they have ever talked to someone about breast cancer, 65% said yes and 35% said no. We then asked those who did (65%) if there was anyone specific health person they would like to talk to them. Close to a third (31%) said doctors, followed by 24% who mentioned a family planning worker/midwife and 5% who referred to a nurse. There is a strong difference in awareness of breast cancer between women with higher education and those with lower education. This may be attributed to the role of mass media in spreading information about health issues and diseases.anshika agarwalParticipant@anshika-2June 3, 2021 at 10:36 pm #31814
No, still women are not sufficiently aware of the symptoms of breast cancer. The Breast Cancer Awareness Month is organised in every October in world that helps to increase attention and awareness among women. It’s a good initiative.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the world. Still there is not sufficient knowledge on the causes of breast cancer. But when breast cancer is detected early and if proper medical facilities and treatment are provided then there is a good chance that it can be cured. If it is detected late then curative treatment is not often possible. If women see any change in the size or shape of the breast, or have pain in area near breast then they can contact to the doctor. Breast cancer awareness also includes noticing changes in the nipple. They must be completely aware of all the symptoms of breast cancer. So if they are suffering from the breast cancer they can know it early and have a good treatment and be a breast cancer survivor. They can also prove an example for other women. They can create more awareness.
Most women are aware of breast cancer as a disease but its depth knowledge was poor and they don’t know the exact symptoms of it. More publicity, movements and programmes are necessary to increase breast cancer awareness in today’s generation. So, they can be sufficiently aware of the symptoms of breast cancer.TanimaParticipant@taJune 3, 2021 at 11:33 pm #31818
Breast cancer by far is the most common cancer in women worldwide, both in developed and under developed countries. And in Lower and upper lower class countries are suffering most rising graph of breast cancer mortality as women are diagnosed in the late stage.
Increasing urbanization, adoption of western culture, consuming too much alcohol and even genetical issues, having period at younger age, having baby at old age, not having baby at all can increase your chances of breast cancer.
Though, having a less mortality rate, we’re still making it a big issue just because the lack of awareness between our women.
In an under developed country like India where patriarchy are roaming in people’s minds, women are always supposed to whisper about these things, According to doctor, whenever you are feeling some lump or other changes, you should talk with experts. But as everyone of us knows these awarness only reach to the upper class. When we turn to the women having knowledge of breast cancer, positively approx 95% say yes. But most of them don’t know the primary symptoms and of course who knows is not gonna share it as it is more shameful for a woman to talk about it and take proper care, rather than dying of it,
According to IARC Globocan, there’s 1.38 million of new cases among which 458,000 deaths are occurred due to breast cancer. Among which 258,000 occurred in lower and upper lower class countries.
From the data we already have and from the situation it’s a clear conclusion that yes, women are lacking primary awarness in breast cancer. And of course it is sad to say not only breast cancer, women are lacking awarness in every kind of disease connected with any sexual organisms. WHO has already started campaigns like awarness in October and so on and that’s obviously a good initiative. Though if we want to really make sure that the awarness reaches every layer of social-economic system, we have to move ourselves and connect with every female and with men too, that’s how we can solve this calamity,VIPASHA .Participant@vipashaJune 3, 2021 at 11:46 pm #31820
According to the WHO report BREAST CANCER, is considered as the top cancer in women – in both developed and developing world . Due to increase life expectancy, increase urbanization and adoption of western lifestyles the cases of breast cancer is increasing day by day in all over the world .
But as the number of cases of breast cancer in women is increasing still the women’s are not aware about the symptoms of breast cancer . In 2020, there were 2.3 million women diagnosed with breast cancer and 685 000 deaths globally. As of the end of 2020, there were 7.8 million women alive who were diagnosed with breast cancer in the past 5 years, making it the world’s most prevalent cancer. But it is not a transferable disease .
According to the survey 81% of women were unaware of even a single symptoms of breast cancer . In ruler and peri- urban areas , only 21.4% women know a single symptom of B.C . It was it stated that many women who are suffering from breast cancer dies because , they are unaware about the symptoms and the breast cancer is reported in last stage where it cannot be treated or where the chance of recovery is very low .
Yeah cancer is very dangerous disease what it doesn’t mean we cannot cure it . Even breast cancer is considered is one of that cancer which can be treated . There is very much chances of patient to live in other type of cancer the patient may die . It is a very painful time for every woman and for her family too I personally experienced this since my aunty also suffered from the breast cancer and her condition is very bad at that time .
Breast cancer arises in the lining cells (epithelium) of the ducts (85%) or lobules (15%) in the glandular tissue of the breast. Initially, the cancerous growth is confined to the duct or lobule where it generally causes no symptoms and has minimal potential for spread (metastasis).
They are total 3 stages of breast cancer .
In 1st stage :-This is often the first symptom of breast cancer. A lump in your breast or underarm that doesn’t go away. Doctor can usually see a lump on a mammogram long before you can see or feel it. Swelling in your armpit or near your collarbone .
2nd stage :- the tumour in this stage measures between 2 cm to 5 cm, or the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes under the arm on the same side as the breast cancer .
3rd stage :-means the cancer has spread beyond the tumour. And there is very less chance of survival .
The foremost which is issued by the AIIMS hospital is – Women should not wear black colour bra . Not drink alcohol . should not avoid breast feeding . Limit postmenopausal hormone therapy.
This cancer can be treated but only if women are aware about it as many of us are not even aware about the symptoms what are the precautions to be taken before or after knowing or not knowing that person is suffering from breast cancer . So awareness is essential . And we all should try to aware other women also spaced is a poor woman who has not that much of technology to get the information of such thing . Always remember and make other also aware about that lumps in breast is the first symptom of breast cancer .PALAK KASHIVParticipant@palakJune 4, 2021 at 7:20 pm #31849
NO, very few women are aware of this breast cancer it is a very common cancer seen in women. Its symptoms are lumps in the breast, changes in the shape of the nipples, and the size of the breast, breast pain is the common symptom, if women experience this she should immediately go and check for it. Because always prevention is better than the cure. Breast cancer is divided into two types one is invasive and the other is non-invasive and also breast cancer has four 4 stages this stage is basically it’s about the size of the tumor how much it grows. There is not one reason specific through which we can get breast cancer but it happens in aged women, it can also happen by genetic history, we can control it by staying healthy, regularly exercising, checking breast that is not unusual in size, not drinking much alcohol, during hormonal changes at least checking for one time. Government hospitals should take the regular campaign in rural areas and check if women are diagnosed with it or not. When women visit the hospital doctors should do check-ups. The genetic mutation of breast cancer common is BRCA 1 and BRCA2.
In India, women are less educated they don’t understand Something wrong is with their breasts. People should not be shy to discuss this with doctors. If the women keep ignoring this problem it can also lead to death. WHO has kept October as breast cancer awareness month for creating awareness earlier detention and treatment, in this month also lots hospital keep camps or do the free treatment.
Women should definitely go to the hospital this month and women should also share this with other women this is how we can reach more females and create awareness.Shumaila SiddiquiParticipant@shumailaJune 5, 2021 at 4:56 pm #31912
Breast cancer is found in both men and woman, Often it occurs in woman only. It is a deadly cancer caused by breast tissue it is so harmful, but still women are not aware of symptoms which leads to breast cancer. American woman has breast cancer most commonly among all the women, In USA breast cancer is found in more than 2,50,000 women and 42,000 women are dead due to this disease. We can diagnose the early detection for the breast cancer through a mammogram before it is too late to detect or treat.
Woman generally discuss the breast cancer, but they don’t have the idea about the symptoms which is the root cause for breast cancer. Neglecting the small symptoms is very common among women, but we don’t realize that even the change in size and shape of breast or pain or nipple discharge other than breast milk (including blood) or any lamp seen in breast or under arms should not be taken lightly and needs an urgent medical help.
Commonly a woman who is 50 years or older gets the breast cancer, but the studies have shown that it can affect the younger woman also. We can have a lifestyle which can decrease the chance of getting affected by this disease such as:
1. Maintain a healthy weight and do exercises more often.
2. Avoid alcohol at first place or at least lower the quantity of alcohol you drink.
3. Seek doctors advice for the risk before having any pill.
4. Breastfeed your child if possible
5. And lastly check that you have a medical history in breast cancer in your family and if you have any ask your doctor for the way to lower the risk.
We need to have more organizations, NGOs,doctors and women who have been diagnosed or treated by breast cancer to come forward and spread the word about the symptom at larger extend to lower the death rate due to the breast cancer. The women are least aware of the symptoms even after so many cases that is because we are lacking in resources for awareness of the breast cancer.shaifalikapoor03Participant@shaifalikapoor03June 6, 2021 at 11:22 pm #31944
Breast cancer is one of the most common invasive cancer in women. Also, it is known as the second leading cause of cancer death in women.
In today’s world, cancer has been a very commen disease, breast cancer in women is really usual these days, but women often tend to ignore the symptoms because of the lack of awareness among them. It was surveyed that in Delhi, almost 57% of the women were cited a lump in their breasts as a symptom of breast cancer, but less than 1 of 10 women were aware that a lump in breast could be a symptom of breast cancer. Awareness among women about the prevailing virus is very low. Women needs to get more aware in order to fix the problem before they grow too big.
Recent studies show that over 3.1 million women today have survived breast cancer in US because they were able to get it treated in time. But women in india are not much aware about the disease that could even take their lives. Women needs to take out time fir themselves and get themselves diagnosed for the same. Women should also take preventive measures in order to prevent this dangerous disease. Limiting alcohol, maintaing weight can help preventing the diseaseManpreet SinghParticipant@manpreetJune 7, 2021 at 10:44 am #31949
Breast Cancer Awareness Month is marked internationally every October, it has been made with an aim to increase awareness about it and to helps to increase awareness and support for awareness. Early detection with proper care and treatment can greatly reduce fatalities. It is estimated that almost 1.38 million new cases and 458,000 deaths occur each year due to breast cancer. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide, both in developed and developing countries. In low- and middle-income countries the incidence has skyrocketed over the years due to increased life expectancy, increased urbanization, and the adoption of western life.
Sadly there is not enough information on the causes of breast cancer, therefore, the diagnosis of this disease is still the head of breast cancer control measure. When breast cancer is diagnosed early, and with adequate diagnosis and treatment, there is a good chance that breast cancer can be cured. If diagnosed too late, however, therapeutic treatment is no longer an option. In such cases, care is needed to alleviate the suffering of the patients and their families. The majority of deaths (269 000) occur in low- and middle-income countries, when women with breast cancer, are diagnosed in late stages. It is mainly due to a lack of awareness on early detection and barriers to health services. This situation can be reverted if adequate public health programs are put in place.
The problem also lies in the fact that this issue is still considered taboo in our Indian culture and as a result, women are not able to freely talk about this problem. We have to take some concrete steps in order to have an impactful result. The government must ensure that an adequate amount of medical budget is spent on the dissemination of information regarding the early detection and prevention of breast cancer. Women also have to be encouraged to feel free about discussing these problems as most breast cancer cases can be detected at an early stage.Semantee ChattopadhyayParticipant@semantee03June 7, 2021 at 6:10 pm #31967
Breast cancer affects one in eight women during their lives. Breast Cancer in the United States than any cancer except lung cancer. In 2008, breast cancer caused 458,503 deaths worldwide. No one knows why some women get breast cancer, but there are several risk factors. So awareness surrounding breast cancer is important.
The chance of getting breast cancer rises when a woman gets older. There are two genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2, that generally increase the risk. Women who have family members with breast or ovarian cancer may wish to be tested. People beginning periods before 13 or going through menopause after age 55 are at a higher risk of getting breast cancer. Being overweight, using hormone replacement therapy, taking birth control pills, drinking alcohol are also taken as risk factors. Not having children or having children the first child after the age of 35 or having dense breasts increases the risk of breast cancer.
Symptoms of breast cancer may include a lump in the breast, a change in size or shape of the breast or discharge from a nipple. Redness, scaliness or thickening of the nipple or breast skin is also a symptom of breast cancer. Breast self-exam and mammography can help find breast cancer early when it is most treatable. Treatment may consist of radiation, lumpectomy, mastectomy, chemotherapy and hormone therapy. Men can have breast cancer, too, but the number of cases is small. Breast cancer is usually classified primarily by its histological appearance. Each of these influences the prognosis and can affect treatment response. Each of these influences the prognosis and can affect treatment response. October is breast cancer awareness month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. During this month people wear pink ribbons to honour survivors, remember those lost to the disease, and support the progress people are making together to defeat breast cancer.
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