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By now, you would have read and heard lots of messages on Breast Cancer Awareness all around. Malls going pink, stores going pink, hotels, bus stops, pink all around. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Breast Cancer is the most common cancer that affects women all over India and accounts for 25% to 31% of all cancers in women in Indian cities. (Source: PBCR 2009 - 2011 www.pbcrindia.org/ ). According to WHO, for the year 2012, an estimated 70,218 women died in India due to breast cancer, more than any other country in the world. Lately, we are witnessing an age shift, and the average age of developing breast cancer has shifted from 50 - 70 years to 30 - 50 years; and cancers in the young tend to be more aggressive. (Source: www.breastcancerindia.net/)
We at Siemens have been supporting the experts and healthcare professionals in this field through our comprehensive solutions following the complete continuum of breast cancer care - from screening to diagnosis, therapy, and aftercare.
This year, to help raise awareness among our employees and our partners, we are going pink at our Head Office . We believe that awareness and understanding of this disease is half the war won already; and will help in making correct decisions for the treatment.
You could learn more about Breast Cancer in the adjoining tab.
Do not let Breast Cancer eclipse your life.
1st Step towards Healing – Early Detection
Early detection can aid in achieving successful breast cancer treatment. In the early stages, the tumor is still small, and the risk of it having spread throughout the body is significantly lower. There is usually a good chance of recovery. A physical breast examination performed by a doctor followed by a mammography is the most common form of screening. Today, up to 50 percent of cases can be detected this way*.
* Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment (CMDT, 2009)
2nd Step The path to treatment – Diagnostics
The diagnosis determines the type of treatment
Most breast tissue changes are benign and easy to treat: for example, benign breast lumps may be cysts filled with fluid or a thickening of the tissue caused by menstruation. However, any abnormal change could also be caused by a malignant cancer.
Determining exactly what kind of tumor it is (benign or malignant) is essential to selecting the best possible treatment.
3rd Step - Treatment – The Individual Plan
The individual treatment plan for each breast cancer patient depends on the size and type of the tumor and how far it has spread.
4th Step Aftercare – Continuous support
Having cancer is traumatic and stressful for any patient. The purpose of aftercare – the medical support given after a treatment – is to provide the patient with long-term, comprehensive support and assistance.