October had been designated as the Pink Month – Breast Cancer Awareness. This is to educate people about breast cancer, involving early identification and signs and symptoms associated with breast cancer.
Breast cancer remains the most common cancer that affects women in Malaysia. According to the Malaysian National Cancer Registry Report (2007 – 2011), 1 in 30 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.
The risk of developing breast cancer increases with age. In Malaysia, women aged 50 and above have a higher risk of getting breast cancer compared to women aged 40 and above.
Thus, early detection of breast cancer can help to increase the chances of successful treatment and survival. Always remember, early detection saves lives! Here is what you need to know about breast cancer:
Look at yourself in the mirror. Observe anything unusual:
– A lump on the breast?
– Redness/ Chest pain?
– Change of breast size?
– Nipple changing?
– Change in skin colour and condition?
– Bloody discharge?
With fingertips close together, gently probe each breast in these three patterns to feel for any changes or lump.
Breast Cancer Prevention Diet and Lifestyle:
There is no single food or diet that can prevent or cause breast cancer, but a person can make a difference to their risk of developing breast cancer by their dietary choice and overall well-being.
Soybeans, Soy-based product
Variety of fruits & vegetables
Vitamin D & Calcium
Limit salt intake (Not more than 6g per day)
Limit high fat/processed food
Breast cancer is a complex disease with many contributing factors such as family history, age, genetics and gender, are not within a person’s control.
However, other than dietary choice, a person can control other factors, such as: