Highlighting the need to prevent and cure breast cancer, Trichittes joined a marathon on Sunday morning. The marathon, in two segments, was aimed at sensitising women not to ignore even the smallest symptoms of the disease.
Dr K Shantha Breast Cancer Foundation, Trichy District Athletic Association and Akshaya organised a half marathon for 21.5kms, and ‘Mammorun’ for 5kms in Trichy. City Police Commissioner MN Manjunatha flagged off the half marathon from Dr G Viswanathan Hospital in Mambalasalai while Deputy Commissioner of Police A Mylvaganan inaugurated ‘Mammorun’ from ER Higher Secondary School.
As many as 2,500 people, including women and children, participated and reached the end point at KAP Viswanathan School, Thillai Nagar.Breast cancer has become the major form of cancer affecting Indian women, resulting in a huge social economic burden, a release from Dr K Shantha Breast Cancer Foundation said. “The cancer is curable if detected early. From 2005, breast cancer has taken over cervix cancer. More than 60% of the patients come to us only at an advanced stage. Breast self-examination and mammography are the only ways to detect breast cancer at the early stages,” it said.
Breast cancer forms in tissues of the breast, usually the ducts (tubes that carry milk to the nipple) and lobules (glands that make milk). It occurs in both men and women. Experts are not sure what causes breast cancer. It is hard to say why one person develops the disease while another does not. Some factors that influence risk of developing breast cancer include prior history of breast disease, family history of breast disease, age, reproductive and menstrual history, radiation exposure and dietary factors.
A symptom is only felt by the patient, and is described to the doctor or nurse, such as a headache or pain. A sign is something the patient and others can detect, for example, a rash or swelling and a lump in a breast. The majority of lumps are not cancerous, however should get them checked by a health care professional. A pain in the armpits or breast that do not seem to be related to the women’s menstrual period. Pitting or redness of the skin of the breast, like the skin of an orange, a rash around (or on) one of the nipples, a swelling (lump) in one of the armpits. One of the nipples has a discharge. Changes in the nipple – it may become sunken or inverted. The size or the shape of the breast changes. The nipple skin or breast skin may have started to peel, scale or flake.
Breast self-examination (BSE), mammogram, breast ultrasound and biopsy are some of the tests for diagnose the breast cancer.