Worldwide, October is recognized as the Breast Cancer Awareness Month and part of our corporate social responsibilities at Cicy Ogie is to lend our voice in sounding the alarm on breast cancer awareness.
The 2019 breast cancer campaign
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide, claiming the lives of hundreds of thousands of women each year and affecting countries at all levels of modernization. It affects all, Mothers and grandmothers. Daughters and sons. Sisters, brothers, fathers, friends etc. Every 15 seconds, somewhere in the world, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer. Almost everyone knows at least one person who has been impacted by breast cancer – or has heard those words themselves. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide and is increasing, particularly in developing countries where the majority of cases are diagnosed in late stages. It is the second most common cancer overall and impacts a wide range of people regardless of their age, gender, race, ethnicity, socio-economic status or lifestyle. Men are also touched by the disease. In fact, their lifetime risk of getting breast cancer is about 1 in 833.4.
The numbers may tell one story, but people tell another, and around the world unite in hope with the common goal to end this disease. #TellYourStory
This year, it had been estimated that in Africa there will be the highest age- breast cancer mortality rate to rise by 25%, with the highest incident rates to be recorded within the sub-Saharan African region with Nigeria ranking as the highest case study as a result of its population. We can only imagine the realities in Africa with all we currently contend with.
BREAST CANCER IS REAL!!!
Here are some tips to diagnosing and preventing breast cancer that we believe you should definitely take note of.
Signs and symptoms of breast cancer
Here is what the experts say –
Knowing how your breasts normally look and feel is an important part of breast health. Although having regular screening tests for breast cancer is important, mammograms do not find every breast cancer. This means it’s also important for you to be aware of changes in your breasts and to know the signs and symptoms of breast cancer.
The most common symptom of breast cancer is a new lump or mass. A painless, hard mass that has irregular edges is more likely to be cancer, but breast cancers can be tender, soft, or round. They can even be painful. For this reason, it’s important to have any new breast mass, lump, or breast change checked by an experienced health care professional.
Other possible symptoms of breast cancer in women include:
- Swelling of all or part of a breast (even if no lump is felt)
- Skin dimpling (sometimes looking like an orange peel)
- Breast or nipple pain
- Nipple retraction (turning inward)
- Nipple or breast skin that is red, dry, flaking or thickened
- Nipple discharge (other than breast milk)
- Swollen lymph nodes (Sometimes a breast cancer can spread to lymph nodes under the arm or around the collar bone and cause a lump or swelling there, even before the original tumor in the breast is large enough to be felt.). Although female breast cancer is normally associated with the women, male breast cancer do occur in men.
No doubt, while Breast Cancer is not a disease anyone of us would want to ever have, we take proactive steps to stay safe and sound. Thankfully, there are organizations, local and international that are doing tremendous work proving diagnosis and treatment for patients. A few of them include-
We at Cicy Ogie sincerely appreciate the efforts of these organizations. Please visit their websites and drop a kind word or two. They deserve all the support they can get.
Telling your story can inspire hope
Sharing your stories of your fight against breast cancer can help to inspire hope in victims and survivors of breast cancer to carry on in the fight without giving up.
Last year we specially designed and dedicated the sale of our Petal necklace to help support the research. This year we are dedicating 20% of the proceeds of all products from our entire website to a reputable firm. Through our unwavering support of funding breast cancer research, education and medical services, we hope to greatly reduce and/or have a breast-cancer free world. To make enquiries on how to donate us, kindly contact us at [email protected] Now is the time to come together and raise funds unitedly for a cure.
The Cicy Ogie brand proudly supports our mission to create a breast cancer-free world and raise funds for victims and survivors of the Breast Cancer. Shop now.