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What is breast cancer?                 

Breast cancer is the most common invasive cancer in women, and the second main cause of cancer death in women, after lung cancer. After puberty, a woman’s breast consists of fat, connective tissue, and thousands of lobules, tiny glands that produce milk for breastfeeding. Tiny tubes, or ducts, carry the milk toward the nipple. In cancer, the body’s cells multiply uncontrollably. It is the excessive cell growth that causes cancer. Breast cancer can be:

Ductal carcinoma: This begins in the milk duct and is the most common type.

Lobular carcinoma: This starts in the lobules.

Invasive breast cancer is when the cancer cells break out from inside the lobules or ducts and invade nearby tissue, increasing the chance of spreading to other parts of the body.

Non-invasive breast cancer is when the cancer is still inside its place of origin and has not broken out. However, these cells can eventually develop into invasive breast cancer.

Symptoms:

The first symptoms of breast cancer are usually an area of thickened tissue in the breast or a lump in the breast or in an armpit. Other symptoms include a pain in the armpits or breast that does not change with the monthly cycle, pitting or redness of the skin of the breast, like the skin of an orange, a rash around or on one of the nipples, a discharge from a nipple, possibly containing blood, a sunken or inverted nipple, a change in the size or shape of the breast, peeling, flaking, or scaling of the skin on the breast or nipple.

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS

Breast cancer awareness is an effort to raise awareness and reduce the stigma of breast cancer through education on symptoms and treatment. Supporters hope that greater knowledge will lead to earlier detection of breast cancer, which is associated with higher long-term survival rates, and that money raised for breast cancer will produce a reliable, permanent cure. Breast cancer advocacy and awareness efforts are a type of health advocacy.

 

breast cancer

Breast cancer advocates raise funds and lobby for better care, more knowledge, and more patient empowerment. They may conduct educational campaigns or provide free or low-cost services. Breast cancer culture, sometimes called pink ribbon culture, is the cultural outgrowth of breast cancer advocacy, the social movement that supports it, and the larger women’s health movement. The pink ribbon is the most prominent symbol of breast cancer awareness, and in many countries, the month of October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The goal of breast cancer awareness campaigns is to raise the public’s “brand awareness” for breast cancer, its detection, its treatment, and the need for a reliable, permanent cure.

Pink ribbon

A pink ribbon is a symbol of breast cancer awareness. It may be worn to honor those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, or to identify products that a manufacturer would like to sell to consumers that are interested in breast cancer. The pink ribbon is associated with individual generosity, faith in scientific progress, and an optimistic “can-do” attitude. It encourages individuals to focus on the emotionally appealing ultimate vision of a cure for breast cancer, rather than the reality that there is no certain cure for breast cancer, and no guarantee there will ever be such a cure.

The pink ribbon is associated with individual generosity, faith in scientific progress, and an optimistic “can-do” attitude. It encourages individuals to focus on the emotionally appealing ultimate vision of a cure for breast cancer, rather than the reality that there is no certain cure for breast cancer, and no guarantee there will ever be such a cure. The pink ribbon is associated with individual generosity, faith in scientific progress, and an optimistic “can-do” attitude. It encourages individuals to focus on the emotionally appealing ultimate vision of a cure for breast cancer, rather than the reality that there is no certain cure for breast cancer, and no guarantee there will ever be such a cure.

Each year, the month of October is recognized as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by many governments, the media, and cancer survivors. The month-long campaign has been called Pinktober. Many corporate and charitable organizations run advertisements related to breast cancer, especially during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, in the hope of increasing sales by aligning themselves with a positive, helpful message. In addition to selling pink products, corporate advertisements may promote the company’s progressive policies, or may provide free advertising for a chosen charity.

Breast cancer culture, or pink ribbon culture, is the set of activities, attitudes, and values that surround and shape breast cancer in public. The dominant values are selflessness, cheerfulness, unity, and optimism. It is pro-doctor, pro-medicine, and pro-mammogram. Health care professionals are sources of information, but the rightness of their advice is not to be seriously questioned by women with breast cancer. Patients are not encouraged to ask where research money is going or if the research industry is making progress in finding the “cure”.

I am going PINK for this October…Are you?

 

 


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Simran Jain is a young budding writer. She likes to read romantic and thriller books. She loves fantasies. She likes to write mainly about the social evils and short poetry pieces. She believes that if someone wants to raise his or her voice than pen is the most powerful medium.

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