Tuesday, 28 May 2019 05:45

BREAST CANCER

Written by Dr. Nkakalukanyi Daniel MBChB(Muk), MMED G. Sur(Muk) Surgeon, TMH
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What you may need to know

What you should know about breast cancer  Breast cancer accounted for 5% of all malignancies in Kenya and only second in number to cancer of the cervix. The incidence rate in females was 1.08 per 100,000 person-years. The incidence was low because the rural Kenyans have difficult access to the oncology facilities in Nairobi.  Data from Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital indicate that cancer of oesophagus, cervix, breast and prostate are the most common types of cancers in Kisii County and its catchment area, however no clear statistical data to that effect

 There are many types of breast cancer that differ in their capability of spreading (metastasize) to other body tissues.  The causes of breast cancer are unknown, although medical professionals have identified a number of risk factors.  There are many different types of breast cancer.  Breast cancer symptoms and signs include o a lump in the breast or armpit, o bloody nipple discharge, o inverted nipple, o orange-peel texture or dimpling of the breast's skin (peau d'orange),  breast pain or sore nipple, o swollen lymph nodes in the neck or armpit, and o a change in the size or shape of the breast or nipple. o Breast cancer can also be symptom free, which makes following national screening recommendations an important practice.

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