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Aisha Buhari urges women to get annual breast cancer screenings

 

First Lady Aisha Buhari has advised Nigerian women to visit their primary care physician annually for breast cancer screenings.

 

” I call on all Nigerian women and young girls to make a commitment to always do a monthly self breast examination because early detection is key to saving lives, she said on twitter.

 

“Let us all join Medicaid Cancer Foundation”.

 

The Medicaid Cancer Foundation will Saturday have Nigeria’s biggest Cancer awareness walk scheduled to commence at 2, Libreville street, Aminu Kano crescent, Wuse 2 at 7am.

 

Breast cancer is a type of cancer that starts in the breast. Cancer starts when cells begin to grow out of control.

Breast cancer cells usually form a tumor that can often be seen on an x-ray or felt as a lump. Breast cancer occurs almost entirely in women, but men can get breast cancer, too.

 

Breast cancers can start from different parts of the breast.

  • Most breast cancers begin in the ducts that carry milk to the nipple (ductal cancers)
  • Some start in the glands that make breast milk (lobular cancers)
  • There are also other types of breast cancer that are less common like phyllodes tumor and angiosarcoma
  • A small number of cancers start in other tissues in the breast. These cancers are called  Sarcomas and lymphomas and are not really thought of as breast cancers.

 

Although many types of breast cancer can cause a lump in the breast, not all do.  Many breast cancers are also found on screening mammograms, which can detect cancers at an earlier stage, often before they can be felt, and before symptoms develop.

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