According to data collected by VOICES for the AVON Foundation, 76% of Argentine women consider that breast cancer is a relevant issue in their lives, but still 25% of women do not feel fully informed about this issue. There are hundreds of campaigns that can reach places where education does not reach, they have the possibility of eliminating many of the barriers that hinder access to health. Precisely, provide key information so that those who receive it can evaluate and make decisions. Because, detected early, in 95% of cases, breast cancer can be cured. It is important to make this figure known to help reduce the fear that appears when we name the word “cancer” associated with death.
Thanks to research, treatments, and early detection, more and more women are making a full recovery from this disease. Prioritizing positive data, erasing stigma and making information our great ally is the great challenge. To prevent it, detect it and cure it.
Do you periodically do a breast self-exam? The World Health Organization (WHO) emphasizes the importance of adopting prevention and control measures, and self-examination may be one of them. That is why we share with you below a video, with step by step, so you can do it whenever you want:
1. Consult the doctor. Make regular medical visits and also if you have any questions you have. The clinical examination of the breast is important, as well as the routine gynecological control.
2. Mammography. Take one a year after 40. It is a simple, non-invasive exam that lasts a few minutes and detects lesions that cannot yet be palpated. This early detection allows early diagnosis of breast cancer and favors the success of treatments.
3. Breast self-exam. It allows you to know your breasts to discover any abnormality by touch or sight. We suggest you practice it every month from the age of 20, 10 days before or after menstruating.
4. Appropriate treatment. There are specific treatments, since not all breast cancers are the same.