EDITORIAL: Screen for breast cancer before it's too late

The month of October is globally dedicated to breast cancer awareness. All countries and stakeholders mark the month with activities aimed at intensifying efforts in the fight against the disease which has claimed lives of millions across the world. In respect to Rwanda, a walk was organised last Sunday to raise awareness about the problem.

The month of October is globally dedicated to breast cancer awareness. All countries and stakeholders mark the month with activities aimed at intensifying efforts in the fight against the disease which has claimed lives of millions across the world. In respect to Rwanda, a walk was organised last Sunday to raise awareness about the problem.

Figures from the World Health Organisation indicate that over 6.3 million women were diagnosed with breast cancer between 2008 and 2013, while in 2012 alone, the disease claimed lives of 512,000 women globally.

This makes breast cancer one of the most dangerous cancers. However, there is hope if people embrace early screening for cancer. It has been established that there are higher chances of effectively treating breast cancer, if it is detected early.

Women are considered to be at a higher risk and therefore should regularly go for breast cancer screening. But early screening for men is equally encouraged.

Many of the breast cancer survivors were lucky because of early screening.

The ill-conceived perception that breast cancer only affects the affluent should also be given due attention. People should know that anyone can suffer from breast cancer regardless of their socio-economic status.

Regular breast cancer screening is a necessity. A visit to a medical practitioner will help you to establish if you are at a higher risk of getting breast cancer.

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