The tenth month of the year has flown around ever so quickly, and October is Breast Cancer Awareness month here in the UK (Wear Pink)
The pink ribbon is an international ribbon which symbolises Breast Cancer and also identifies the wearers and promoters of the breast cancer brand.
This topic is so evidently important and I’m so for spreading awareness on as many topics as I can and this one really stood out, as Cancer can really attack or take anyone in the blink of an eye but besides from that, in my opinion, it’s a really interesting topic, I would love to talk about all types of cancer and one day I really will, but for now I’ll stick with Breast Cancer.
Breast Cancer is the most common type of cancer in the UK, most women can get breast cancer over the age of 50, but some younger women can receive it as well, but men beware you can also get it too, increasingly rare disease, less than 1% (2,550) of men in the UK are expected to be diagnosed in the UK, also for men the lifetime risk of being diagnosed is 1 in 1000. Men can form breast cancer in the small amount of breast tissue behind their nipple, it usually occurs in men over sixty but can occur in an earlier period of life.
From the 2016 UK census, it was revealed 65.64 million people lived in the UK, yet 32 million of them are men, considering statistics men receiving breast cancer is extremely rare, but rare doesn’t mean it’s impossible.
However, the 2016 census reveals there are 33 million women in the UK, which there are 1.68 million in the UK alone diagnosed with breast cancer.
Only 2,100 men are diagnosed with breast cancer in the USA each year, with a population of 325.7 million, comparing these figures it’s a very slim amount although it doesn’t mean it’s impossible.
About 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In 2018, an estimated 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S
1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, it’s curable if it’s detected early.
Please, Please Ladies and Gentlemen please check your breasts, anything that is a red flag then I urge you to get seen by a health specialist at your earliest convenience, it could save your life.
For those of you who don’t know the sign or symptoms carry on reading, save your life or even someone else’s.
Symptoms of men’s breast cancer:
- A lump in the breast, normally hard, doesn’t move and painless
- Inverted Nipple
- Nipple Discharge could be blood
- A sore or rash around the nipple that doesn’t go away
- Swollen glands
- Feeling tired all the time
- Itchy skin with yellowing of the skin and eyes (Jaundice)
Symptoms of women’s breast cancer:
- A new lump or thickened tissue that wasn’t there before
- Change of breast sizes in one or two breasts
- Bloodstained discharge
- Lump or swelling in your armpits
- Dimpling on the skin of breasts
- Rash around the nipple
Men and women’s symptoms are fairly similar, unlike women, men tend to delay going to the GP, by that time cancer could’ve spread.
♦Health is not valued, till sickness comes♦
Woman cancer survival rate:
Stage zero: Cancer has been diagnosed early. (100% survival rate)
Stage one: Stage one is highly treatable, however, it needs immediate attention, typically surgery or radiation or in some cases both. (100% survival rate)
Stage two: Stage two means it’s growing however it’s still contained in the breast or the growth has extended to the nearby lymph nodes, stage two is normally divided by 2a & 2b, the difference is determined by the growth of a tumour and if it’s extended to the lymph nodes. (93% survival rate)
Stage Three: Cancer has not spread to bones or organs, but it’s seen as advanced (72% survival rate)
Stage Three A: Cancer has been found in up to nine of the lymph nodes.
Stage Three B: Tumor has spread into the chest wall and skin.
Stage Three C: Cancer has been found in up to ten lymph nodes above or below your collarbone.
Stage Four: Breast cancer cells have spread beyond the breast and lymph nodes, most common sites are in the liver, lungs and brain. (22% survival rate)
The five-year survival rate shows you can live on much longer depending on how early you get it diagnosed, it all depends on the stage of diagnosis.
The staging process is exactly the same in men and women except the men’s survival rate is five years higher than women.
The causes of cancer are not fully understood, nowadays the media, health professionalists will drill into your mind that anything can cause cancer, for example, eating bacon can now increase breast cancer, pollution can cause cancer, this world is so toxic finding purity is a journey within itself.
However, there are risk factors known to affect your likelihood of developing breast cancer, some of these things you, unfortunately, can’t change, for example, age, our ages change every year and we change every day, our bodies never stop working it’s a 24/7 system no days off, all women between the ages of 50-70 should be screened every three years with the NHS screening program. Women over 70 are still eligible and should arrange an appointment through their GP.
If you’ve had close relatives (Mother, sister) that have had breast cancer or ovarian cancer, and were both under the age of 50, you may be eligible to receive screening as you’ll be at a high risk.
If you’ve previously had breast cancer or invasive cancer cells, you have a higher risk of developing it again either in your opposite breast or the same one.
The female hormone oestrogen can sometimes stimulate breast cancer cells to grow.
Research has shown that women who use the contraceptive pill have a slightly increased risk of developing breast cancer, however, the risk will decrease once you stop taking the pill and will go back to normal ten years after you stop.
Being overweight or obese can also increase the risk of having breast cancer when you start menopause the amount of oestrogen in your body can increase.
Drinking alcohol can increase with the amount of alcohol you drink per day, research shows that for every 200 women who drink 2 glasses of alcoholic beverage per day, there are three more women with breast cancer compared with women who don’t drink at all.
And lastly, radiation some surgical appliances can cause an increase in breast cancer, Ladies may I urge you to stop putting your phone in your bra, I agree it’s extremely comfortable, but the amount of heat your phone gives off is disgusting, and also don’t put your phones under your pillows while you sleep, it’s so incredibly dangerous.
♥Take care of your body, it’s the only place you have to live in♥
Main Treatments for breast cancer:
- Hormone Therapy
- Biological Therapy
You could have a combination of treatments depending on what stage you are at within cancer.
Personally, I’ve had breast cancer scares, where I’d feel my breasts and would find a lump, thankfully I never had it, my beast lump was called benign which is a non-cancerous lump, mine was pretty big which was why it scared me and it was also painful, I got put on antibiotics and it went down, I got told that if the lump didn’t decrease I would have to have the lump drained which meant small surgery which I was not here for at all, I don’t like needles, I don’t like going under general anaesthesia, but of course if it was about to save my life I would just have too.
- Over 99% of new cases of breast cancer are in women
- More than over 80% of breast cancer occurs in women over 50
- Around 5% of breast cancer is inherited by a faulty gene called BRCA1 or BRCA2
- One person is diagnosed every 10 minutes
- 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed in their lifetime
- within breast cancer awareness month, around 5000 people will be diagnosed
- Breast cancer survival is improving
- Almost 9 in 10 women survive breast cancer for five years or more
- Every year around 11,500 die from breast cancer
- Around 2,200 women aged 39 or below are diagnosed with breast cancer
- Breast cancer in men is very rare with around 370 new cases each year
- A predicted 691,000 are alive in the UK after a diagnosis, this is predicted to reach 840,000 in 2020
There’s so much more to learn about breast cancer and I advise you to keep learning about this topic, I have a lot to say on cancer and I will write about that another day, don’t care about breast cancer for one month care about it all year round, awareness months are great and all but people tend to care for a few days then forget, I love people who spread awareness all year round, donate and continue to be educated.
Breast cancer or any type of cancer diagnosis is a lot to take in, I pray for anyone who is reading this blog that no one ever receives Cancer but we also need to remember that this is reality and cancer can really take anyone, but I believe in my heart that anyone who can find strength can fight it off.
To my fighters keep on fighting, use every ounce of strength you have, you will make it, fight cancer, don’t let cancer beat you.
To my survivors, praise to you and the most high up!
⇒ Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m possible⇐