Did you know breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the UAE?
We realised awareness is the key and the first step in fighting against this dreadful disease. So, read through this blog to know more about breast cancer symptoms and treatment measures.
Before we proceed, let’s first find out how breast cancer occurs: A woman’s breast is made up of milk glands and milk ducts, surrounded by fatty tissue and connective supports. Breast cancer is caused due to uncontrolled growth of cells in any of these milk ducts or glands.
The incidence of breast cancer is increasing in the UAE due to increase life expectancy, increase in urbanization and adoption of western lifestyles. Many Arab women refrain from regular medical examination; thereby causing delayed breast cancer detection and treatment. It’s time you take charge and if you notice these unusual changes in your body, visit your doctor soon:
- Lumps or thickening of breast tissue
- Change in size or shape of breasts
- Nipples developing a rash or producing discharge
- Swelling under the armpits or around the collarbone
To tackle these symptoms and fight breast cancer, your doctor can determine treatment options based on the type of breast cancer, its stage and grade, whether the cancer cells are sensitive to hormones and your overall health. Operations used to treat breast cancer include lumpectomy (removal of breast cancer), mastectomy (removal of the entire breast), sentinel node biopsy (removal of a limited number of lymph nodes), axillary lymph node dissection (removal of several lymph nodes), and removal of both the breasts.
Lastly, remember that only you can help yourself in curbing the ill-effects of breast cancer. Make sure you go for regular health checkups, switch to healthier eating habits and include moderate exercise in your daily routine.