Do not skip this health check-up because you fear of the Coronavirus. Having a check-up is the best prevention tool.
The pandemic may make you feel like it is better to postpone the annual check-up with your gynecologist, but it is best to reconsider, taking into account various conditions, especially if you have risk factors for breast cancer.
The American Cancer Society website states that there is no absolute or definitive method for preventing this type of cancer in women, “but there are measures that you can take to reduce your risk. This is especially helpful for women with certain breast cancer factors, such as those with a strong family history of the disease, or having certain genetic changes.”
Self-examination and knowing the shape of and changes in the breasts is still a useful tool at home to recognize abnormalities. Gynecologist Catalina Quintero, Master in Molecular Oncology, explains in the article Focus on breast cancer that 18 is the suggested age to start the self-examination. From the age of 30, the yearly medical check-up, and from the age of 50, mammograms are recommended, although this can be started at an earlier age, depending on medical criteria.
Therefore, the WHO has established October as breast cancer awareness month, which is celebrated worldwide and emphasizes early detection, treatment, and palliative care. Breast cancer is considered the most common in women.
If you were already diagnosed, it is important to learn more about the disease on official websites and about the high survival rates if there is early detection. Also, to be part of a local support community such as Fundayama to weave bonds of support and solidarity.
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