Grow­ing Num­ber of Can­cer Cases Worry Kenya

Diplomat East Africa - - Health -

Breast can­cer, whose aware­ness is marked ev­ery Oc­to­ber, in­vokes deep fear in women due to death, loss of sex­u­al­ity, im­age and self­es­teem. In some rare cases, it has also been in di­ag­nosed in men BRIAN MUREITHI re­ports

blood or the lymph nodes if it is not de­tected early and treated.

There are many types of breast can­cers which oc­cur in var­i­ous forms. Some are more common than oth­ers. The causes of the dis­ease are as di­verse as they are sur­rounded by myths and mis­con­cep­tions.

Age is one of the con­tribut­ing fac­tors,with women above 40 years more likely to be di­ag­nosed than those be­low that age, though they are also at risk. It is also hered­i­tary, mean­ing that women who have close rel­a­tives suf­fer­ing from can­cer have a higher chance of be­ing di­ag­nosed with the dis­ease than those with no such his­tory.

Un­for­tu­nately, if it has been di­ag­nosed and treated it can still re­lapse even if it af­fected only one breast, which was even am­pu­tated.

Breast can­cer is also as­so­ci­ated with women who start their men­stru­a­tion at an early age usu­ally be­low 12 years. The risk is also high in those who ex­pe­ri­ence early menopause and so are women with dense breast tis­sues.

Breast feed­ing moth­ers are ad­vised to pro­long the process to one- and -half years to two years as this has been found to lower the risks of di­ag­no­sis and avoid obe­sity at all costs. This is be­cause the ex­tra body fats in­crease es­tro-

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