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The importance of being aware of breast cancer

The importance of being aware of breast cancer

Liv Hospital Medical Oncology Specialist Asst. Assoc. Dr. Ajlan Atasoy points out the importance of awareness in breast cancer and the importance of breast self-examination that women will perform each month. Asst. Assoc. Dr. Ajlan Atasoy "Breast cancer seems to be one of eight women. Breast cancer occurs in our country at an earlier age than developed countries. In cases where awareness and screening are not taken care of, the disease is caught in advanced stages and the chance of treatment decreases," he said. Asst. Assoc. Dr. Ajlan Atasoy gives effective tips to prevent breast cancer.Obesity increases the risk of breast cancer… Obesity is an important risk factor for many types of cancer. In overweight and obese individuals, the risk of breast cancer increases. To maintain a healthy weight, regular exercise, to avoid excessive fat diet and alcohol consumption is limited to breast health is very important. Also, try to avoid stress to ensure harmony between body and mental health.Breast Self Examination One day between the 8th and 12th days of menstrual periods, breast self-examination (BSE) should be applied. Women should start performing BSE every month after the age of 20. In this way, it is possible to get to know your own breast tissue better and be able to recognize the different findings early. However, self-examination is not enough. It is important to carry out a breast examination by the physician (every 6-12 months, for example during gynecological examinations or with your family doctor) and screening tests. The easiest way to check your breasts is to examine them during a shower or bath. Examine each of your breasts under the armpits with your soaped hand. Know what is normal for you. Carefully follow every change in your breast… a. Thickening or lump in the breast area. Breast volume or shape change. Skin pitting d. The nipple change, especially if it is turned inward, buried or irregular in shape. Bloody discharge from the nipple. Redness of the nipple or surrounding area g. Bloating under armpit or bump Keep in mind that regular scanning saves lives… Dreading and escaping from scanning can be dangerous. Apart from the high-risk group, breast health awareness in women aged 25-40 years (awareness and follow-up of their own breast tissue well, applying to the physician early when a difference is detected) and annual breast examination by a physician are sufficient. In addition, mammography and breast ultrasound are recommended annually for women 40 years and older. If there is a family history of breast cancer, double follow-up… Although breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in the society in general, some individuals have a higher risk than others. The groups with increased risk of breast cancer can be listed as follows: - Women whose family is suspected by their physician to have a genetic risk for other cancers when they are seen at a young age. (women with early menstrual age, no children, history of hormone therapy, women with previous benign breast cancer biopsy, high Gail risk score detected by their physicians). It is recommended that the physician perform breast examinations starting from the age of 30 at intervals of 6 months - 1 year. Some women may need to offer genetic guidance. These special cases are evaluated by your physicians.