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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

16 October 2014 No Comment

October is Breast Health Awareness Month and women all over the world are looking at ways to detect breast cancer early and optimise treatment.
Apart from non-melanoma skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women of all races, with a lifetime risk of 1 in 35 in South Africa, according to the 2007 National Cancer Registry.
All women are encouraged to conduct regular self-examinations once a month and should start regular mammograms from the age of 40.
Mammograms are used as a screening tool to detect early breast cancer in women experiencing no symptoms.
It also plays a central part in early detection of breast cancers, because it can show changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or physician can feel them.
CANSA have nine Mobile Health Clinics travelling to remote areas throughout South Africa during October, to reach people who would otherwise not have access to screening.
They offer Clinical Breast Examinations, Pap smear screening tests for cervical cancer, as well as other health tests such as cholesterol, blood pressure as well as Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) tests for men to detect prostate abnormalities.

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