Breast cancer has become one of the most common cancer diagnosed in women after skin cancer around the world. Breast cancer is cancer that forms in the breast. It can occur in men and women, but it’s far common in women.
There are many types of breast cancer but the most common types are Ductal carcinoma in situ, Invasive ductal carcinoma and Invasive lobular carcinoma. Some symptoms of breast cancer include a lump in the breast, bloody discharge from the nipple and change in the shape and texture of the nipple or breast.
Treatment, however, depends on the stage of the cancer. It may consist of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. The cost of diagnosis and treatment is however fairly expensive. This leads to high mortality rate in women around the world.
In Africa, a new study shows that nine out of 10 patients in Nigeria and Ghana have to pay for their breast cancer diagnostic tests and treatments themselves. In Kenya, the figure stands at three out of 10 patients, says the report by Switzerland-based biotech company Roche.
Roche says these delays, coupled with the high costs of treatment, have contributed to high mortality rates across Sub-Saharan Africa. A patient’s chance of survival can be impacted by delay in diagnosis and treatment, limitation in access to appropriate and quality cancer care and financial burden associated with receiving care.
Breast cancer, has become every woman’s headache. This is because every woman is at a risk of been diagnosed of breast cancer. However, women can help reduce the rising rate of breast cancer. This can be done by frequent visits to the oncologist for diagnostic tests.
Story by:Emmanuela Naadu Lartey/pinkfmonlinegh.com