On Saturday people of all ages stopped to shop at the local Breast Cancer Society’s Joanna Stand in central Nordstadtorget for information about one of the most common types of cancer and disease. Two of those stopping by are married couple Johann Geofferstam and Hilda Nordseth.
Monica Senfors of the Breast Cancer Society urged them to squeeze out the silicone breasts, systematically scanning them with your fingertips, to see if they could spot spikes that look like cancerous nodules that might be the first sign that you should visit a health center. Center. Both people struggled to feel all the hard bits in the silicone breasts.
– I know only one, says Johann Geofferstam.
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A mobile application helps people check themselves
Monica Senforce also reports that there’s a special app that urges checking your breasts once a month. It may be good for men to be aware of this, and in addition to their role as a relative, it is also that men related to women can be the first to discover symptoms.
Men can be the ones to figure this out first and it’s important to have knowledge and say it, says Monica Senforce.
At the same time, she maintains that anything that has lumps or lumps in the breast isn’t cancer either.
There can be many things other than cancer, such as cysts, but if you feel a hard lump twice in a while, it’s a good idea to get it checked out.
The prognosis during treatment is much better
Like most types of cancer, the prognosis for successful treatment of breast cancer has improved significantly in recent decades. According to the National Council of Health and Welfare’s Cancer Publication Figures 2018, the 10-year survival rate when breast cancer is detected is 86 percent, with the authority stating that breast-conserving surgery with subsequent radiotherapy provides as good a prognosis as if a mastectomy is performed. full breast. The National Council on Health and Care explains that one key is finding cancer early.
For the local Joanna Breast Cancer Association, it has been meaning to be able to meet people physically again.
– I work as a support person, and we have an emergency phone to be able to support victims who call us during the pandemic. Monica Senfors says it means a lot that we can also meet physically again – it’s been two years since last.
This is how breast cancer is detected
• In Västra Götaland, mammography, screening for breast cancer, is offered to women between the ages of 40 and 74, at approximately 21-month intervals.
• Breast cancer affects older women more often than young people, so screening is only done in middle age, but younger women can also be affected. Two out of three cases were detected during the examination. Men can also have breast cancer, although it is uncommon, it is detected much later than women.
• In most cases, breast cancer develops in the cells of the milk ducts or in the mammary glands themselves. The most common symptom is a lump in the chest or armpit, which is hard and painful. Other symptoms may be clear or bloody fluid from the nipple, skin shrinkage or a rash or redness on the breast.
• Chest pain is a common problem and its cause is often harmless. There are a number of different diseases that can cause this pain, such as costochondritis, fibromyalgia, angina, and inflammation – but in rare cases, localized breast pain that doesn’t go away can be a symptom of breast cancer.
Sources: National Council on Health and Care, “Breast Pain” by Mammografin på Sahlgrenska, and “Every Hour a Woman Gets a Breast Cancer Letter” from the Breast Cancer Society.
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