#BreastCancerMonth: This is why should do a breast cancer examination

Alicia Farmer
October 21, 2018

Reproductive history: Having a first pregnancy after age 30, not breastfeeding, and never having a full-term pregnancy can raise breast cancer risk.

This year's goal is $15,000, which will directly assist Jamestown area women and men in the fight against breast cancer.

Good news, Breast Cancer Health Foundation says there is a 90% survival rate if it is detected early and the correct treatment is followed.

'In Ghana, majority of breast cancer patients report so late that in most cases treatment offered is ineffective and cure is often impossible, ' it notes.

With the middle fingers of your left hand, gently yet firmly press down using small motions to examine the entire right breast.

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One in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, the second leading cause of cancer death among women. The Women's Only race isn't the only way to support the women of our community, your donations can directly affect the lives of many all year long.

Taking part in a breast cancer walk? At Queensway Health Centre, breast screening will be Wednesday, Oct. 24.

"Regular breast cancer screening can catch a cancer early, when it is most treatable", said Dr. Virginie Daguise, MSPH, Director of DHEC's Bureau of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention. Women with insurance also may be eligible to receive services if they meet all of the eligibility requirements and their insurance has a deductible of $1,000 or more, does not cover screening or diagnostic services at 100 percent or provides hospitalization coverage only.

In some areas, nearly all (99%) women will see a specialist within two weeks of being referred by their GP, while in others, close to one-third (29%) will have to wait longer than a fortnight.

Non-hereditary breast cancers make up the majority of breast cancer diagnoses, but even if you do have a genetic predisposition for the condition, you're not guaranteed to get cancer. In the future, Pejsa said she hopes they can have a whole week dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness.

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