… not given a big eye.

Cancer  ; it is a malignant growth or tumour resulting from an abnormal division of cells .Cancer has become  the 2nd  from HIV/AIDS the most common cause of death in young women . In the Uk 1 in 2 people will get cancer in their lifetime [Cancer Research Uk],but thanks to research many people are cured .

While cancer is of great concern to the health fraternity ,my particular focus today  shall be on breast cancer  , a befitting subject to mark the breast  cancer month of October  .According to the World Health Organisation ,breast  cancer is the most common cancer among women  worldwide claiming lives  of hundreds of thousands of women each year  .1 in 8 women in the united states will suffer from it

In Zimbabwe a number of screening  tests   have been employed including clinical and self breast examination  i.e mammography ,genetic screening  and ultra sound scanning  .All these help in early detection of the cancer.



Breast self-exam ;it’s a method which involves   one to look and feel her own breasts for possible      ,distortions and swelling  .as one is familiar with the usual appearance  of her breasts it makes it easier for one to become aware of any changes. Early detection of abnormalities gives the doctor a better chance to offer effective treatment  Below is a  list of what to look for during a breast  exam

  • Dimpling or puckering of the skin surface
  • Enlarged veins
  • Lump or thickening which maybe painless
  • Unusual rash on  the nipple or breast  though this is not usual


As prevention has always been better than cure  ,about a 1/3 of most  cancers including breast cancer   can be prevented by eating  a varied and healthy  diet ,maintaining a healthy weight and regular physical activity  .It is encouraged to eat foods that are naturally grown and high in fibre .Avoid refined   and highly processed foods  as they are high in  sugars ,fats and salts  .Reduce alcohol intake and avoid tobacco at all cost

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