I recently attended the Africa Health Tech Summit, also known as #AHTS23, which took place from 17th of October 2023 to 19th October 2023. The summit was all about acknowledging and celebrating digital health innovations, exploring new and exciting ways to use technology to improve healthcare in Africa.
Cancer can be a scary word, but as it is pink october, it is time to talk about it. In this blog post, we're going to focus on breast cancer. We'll break down what it is, how it happens, and what you need to know to stay informed.
Breast cancer is a type of cancer that affects the breast tissue, and it's more common than you might think. Many people have heard of it, but not everyone knows what it really means. So, let's start by understanding what breast cancer is and why it's important for every female to be aware of it.
Breast cancer means there are some bad cells growing in a person's breast. These cells can cause problems and make the breast not work well. Breast cancer comes in different types.
Breast cancer can happen for various reasons. Here are some common ones to keep in mind:
It's important to check your breasts regularly. Why? Because symptoms detected early can help quicken the treatment process. You don't need fancy equipment – your hands are enough.
A mammogram is a special kind of X-ray that helps detect breast cancer. It's different from other types of X-rays. Regular mammograms are important, especially as you get older or if you have a family history of breast cancer. They can find issues even before you feel them.
Doctors use something called the TNM system to figure out how serious the breast cancer is. "T" stands for tumor, "N" stands for lymph nodes, and "M" stands for metastasis (whether cancer has spread to other parts of your body). It helps them decide the best treatment plan.
In fighting breast cancer, many doctors and specialists work together as a team. This teamwork ensures the patient gets the best care possible. These are the treatment options available.
Lumpectomy vs. Mastectomy: If you have breast cancer, you may need surgery. Lumpectomy means removing the tumor while preserving most of your breast. Mastectomy means removing the entire breast. The choice depends on factors like the size and location of the cancer and your personal preferences.
Chemotherapy is the usage of drugs to target and destroy breast cancer cells. These drugs can be injected directly into a vein through a needle or taken by mouth as pills.. They can have side effects like nausea, hair loss, and fatigue.
Radiation therapy uses high-energy beams to target cancer cells. It's like using a laser to zap cancer away, and it's quite effective.
Some breast cancers grow because of hormones, like estrogen. Hormone therapy can help block these hormones and stop cancer from spreading.
These are advanced treatments that specifically target cancer cells. They directly target the cancer, leaving healthy cells unharmed.
Palliative care is a special kind of care that focuses on managing symptoms and making the patient as comfortable as possible during cancer treatment. It's not about curing cancer, but it's about improving the patient’s quality of life.
With the sole passion of promoting health and well-being, two remarkable entities, HealthGo and Pharmarun, have come together with a common goal - to educate and empower young girls in schools about breast cancer while providing them with free tests.
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