Growing Number of Cancer Cases Worry Kenya
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-