Breast cancer is the most feared cancer among women. Sometimes, it’s not just the word “cancer” that’s at the root of the fear, but dread of issues associated with treating cancer, such as surgical complications and medication side effects. Perhaps you’ve been through a breast cancer diagnosis with someone close to you and know how difficult it can be.
While these are understandable fears, the danger is that some women are so overwhelmed with anxiety that they postpone screenings, such as breast exams and mammograms, or even skip them altogether for fear of bad news.
Yet these are the very examinations that can help save lives by finding cancer early on, when it’s most treatable.
In light of this, a medical expert, Dr. Branda Nwanmuo, has urged women to adapt regular examination of their breasts to beat the growing fear of breast cancer in the country.
Dr. Nwanmuo, a breast cancer specialist, said looking out for the early signs of the disease was key as it is actually treatable, contrary to popular belief that it was a death sentence, Daily Post gathers.
The special, who spoke to women in Awka, Anambra State during the launch of a mammography machine, urged them to regularly examine their breasts for lumps, colouration, discharge at inappropriate time and other tell-tale signs of the early stage of the disease.
Speaking during a short presentation to guests, The medical expert said,
“You must make it a habit, and once you see signs like that, do not panic. Just go to a hospital and speak to a doctor. Breast cancer is not treatable by pastors or prophets, it is good to go to church, but once you find these signs, the best place to go to is to a hospital.See Also
If you come early, we can treat you, am saying this because people come during advanced stage, and when you tell them nothing can be done at such stage, they feel we enjoy passing death sentence on breast cancer patients.
Now that we have a hospital that has a mammography machine in Awka, I want to urge you, my fellow women, instead of waiting to buy yourself an expensive gift during your birthday, you can make the mammography test your birthday gift, even if it is just once a year.”
Nwanmuo cautioned women above 40-years old that breast cancer test was not only compulsory but holds the key to their staying alive, just as she stated that the disease has become the biggest threat to women, with few men falling victim too.