Why Early Breast Cancer Detection or Screening is Import

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide, either you’re living a developed or developing country. It is estimated that worldwide over 508 000 women died in 2011 due to breast cancer [1].

In Cambodia, breast cancer is the 2nd most common cancer in women with 1,255 cases in 2012 and this number will raise up to 1,409 cases in 2015 [2]. Speaking of breast cancer among Cambodian women is still sound strange.

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Most Cambodian women mostly not aware of breast cancer and screen method and tools. They only know that they have breast cancer when the symptoms appear which is at late stage of breast cancer while treatment option nearly not possible.

Early detection or screen is very important. The most important benefit of early detection or screening is to help women who’s at risk with breast cancer a chance to live longer, live freely from breast cancer.

For an example, a Hollywood actress, Angelia Jolie, who was suffered from breast cancer now live freely with her families without worry about of this disease. She was diagnosed with breast cancer at very early stage and she decided to operate to remove those cancer cells from her body that helped her to reduce the risk of breast cancer from 85% down to 3% to 5%.

Early breast cancer detection is very important to those who have relatives (grandmother, mothers, sisters or any close relatives) with breast cancer to really make sure that they’ll not suffers from this deathly disease.

There are many recommendation and also guideline from American Cancer Society for breast cancer detection or screening [3].

  • Women age 40 and older should have a mammogram every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health
  • Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam (CBE) as part of a periodic (regular) health exam by a health professional preferably every 3 years. Starting at age 40, women should have a CBE by a health professional every year.
  • Breast self-exam (BSE) is an option for women starting in their 20s. Women should be told about the benefits and limitations of BSE.
  • Women who are at high risk for breast cancer based on certain factors should get an MRI and a mammogram every year.

While currently, some of breast cancer detection available in Cambodia, I would recommend Cambodian women aged from 40 onward to get yourself test. Currently available methods in Cambodia such as mammogram, and BSE which you could detect it yourself. Shortly in the future, an hi-tech machine will be install and that would help a lot of Cambodian women to detect breast cancer and reduce more death from this deathly disease.

Get yourself screening or detection for early breast cancer, will you help live longer with disease free and you’ll have more time with your families. 

References:

[1]. WHO Breast cancer: prevention and control http://www.who.int/cancer/detection/breastcancer/en/index1.html%5D

[2]. Globocan: Cambodia estimated new breast cancer in 2015 [http://globocan.iarc.fr/old/burden.asp?selection_pop=29116&Text-p=Cambodia&selection_cancer=3152&Text-c=Breast&pYear=3&type=0&window=1&submit=%C2%A0Execute]

[3]. American Cancer Society [http://www.cancer.org/cancer/breastcancer/moreinformation/breastcancerearlydetection/breast-cancer-early-detection-acs-recs]

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