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What to do after you find a lump in your breast, and more: The Breast Cancer Map

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Health is wealth.

This is among the most popular sayings in the world, and it is safe to say we can all agree with that. Apart from being stressful, getting sick is also costly. Having flu alone may require spending hundreds to thousands of pesos for medicine and supplements. However, as we continue getting exposed to so many unhealthy lifestyles, catching diseases has become more rampant. And one of the most common diagnoses given to people is cancer.

A study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, which The Harvard Gazette shared, revealed that the incidence of early-onset cancers has dramatically increased around the world. What’s even more alarming is that more and more people under 50 are being diagnosed with cancer. That said, people must exert more effort now in learning and understanding cancer to help them prevent it from happening. 

It is caused by changes in the DNA. While there are stories of survival, the big C is still considered a terminal disease. 

Breast cancer is among the most common cancers in the Philippines, along with the cervix, lung, colon/rectum, ovary, and liver. The good news is that breast cancer survival rates have increased globally. But even with this timely information, raising awareness and substantial support is still essential. Understanding the causes, detection methods, and breast cancer treatment Philippines can highly contribute to elevating consciousness regarding the disease.

There are several ways breast cancers are determined – one is a mammogram. This method involves using low-energy X-rays to examine the human breast. But while a mammogram is an adequate procedure for early detection, it cannot detect every type of breast cancer. Moreover, it may not be as effective for younger women with dense breast tissue. 

Another method of breast cancer detection is a biopsy. This is a medical test commonly performed by a surgeon that requires the extraction of sample cells or tissues for examination to determine the presence or extent of a disease. Doctors usually suggest this after suspecting an abnormality in the body following a series of tests. The cost of breast biopsy test in the Philippines could go from about Php 600 to 4,000, depending on the size and organs involved. 

These are just one of the fundamentals of breast cancer. More information about this disease – types, risk factors, diagnosis, costs of breast cancer screening, etc. – can be found in this article by Hope from Within

 

What to do after you find a lump in your breast, and more: The Breast Cancer Map