The Importance of Breast Cancer Screening

Breast cancer is rife amongst South African women and it is the leading cause of cancer death. Early diagnosis of breast cancer is key to reducing fatalities. That is why it is crucial for women to regularly screen for breast cancer. The aim for screening is to detect cancer as early as possible.

According to the Health Ministry, about 90% of women survive for many years after diagnosis when breast cancer is detected at the early stages. The earlier the condition is found, the better the chances of surviving it.

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    The early detection of breast cancer can lead to effective treatment and a positive recovery. Regular self-breast examinations and regular mammograms are the best for early detection. Breast cancer screening has saved the lives of many women, as it is easier to treat breast cancer when it is discovered early.

    Advantages of breast cancer screening:

    • Reduces the risk of dying from breast cancer: Many women who have a mammogram every 2 years for 20 years, 7 deaths are prevented.
    • Reduces the risk of having to undergo chemotherapy: Screening often allows for the detection of cancers at an early stage of development. Treatment is then possible without chemotherapy.
    • Allows women to know the health of their breasts: The majority of women nearly 98 % will not have breast cancer if their mammograms and additional examinations do not reveal cancers.

      Many women have lost their lives to breast cancer because they didn’t know that they were living with breast cancer. That is why women should do breast cancer screening regularly. It is also important that women examine themselves so that if they find any lumps they should try to see a doctor immediately. Early detection of breast cancer improves women’s chances of survival as symptoms don’t always present themselves until the cancer has spread.

      1. Pink Drive Email: Contact Number: 011 998 8022

      2. CANSA Email: Help Desk: 0800 22 66 22

      3. Pink Ribbon Breast Screening Centre Email: Contact Number : 011 883 1780

      Source: Pink, CANSA.ORG.ZA

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