The Breast Cancer Awareness Month, marked in countries across the world every October, helps to increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection and treatment as well as palliative care of this disease.
There are about 1.38 million new cases and 458 000 deaths from breast cancer each year (IARC Globocan, 2008). Breast cancer is by far the most common cancer in women worldwide, both in the developed and developing countries. In low- and middle-income countries the incidence has been rising up steadily in the last years due to increase in life expectancy, increase urbanization and adoption of western lifestyles.
Currently there is not sufficient knowledge on the causes of breast cancer, therefore, early detection of the disease remains the cornerstone of breast cancer control. When breast cancer is detected early, and if adequate diagnosis and treatment are available, there is a good chance that breast cancer can be cured. If detected late, however, curative treatment is often no longer an option. In such cases, palliative care to relief the suffering of patients and their families is needed.
The majority of deaths (269 000) occur in low- and middle-income countries like Nigeria, where most women with breast cancer are diagnosed in late stages due mainly to lack of awareness on early detection and barriers to health services. The costly nature of mammography screening also contributes to the late detection. This situation can be reverted if adequate public health programmes are put in place.
Sakinah Medical Outreach creates awareness on breast cancer and promotes woman to do self-screening, go for medical checkup and if found severe, seek medical intervention. The organisation has also helped sponsor the treatment of the less privileged suffering from this ailments both home and abroad.
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