October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know that one in eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer? Did you also know that the most prevalent type of cancer affecting women around the world is breast cancer? Hence, the world over the month of October is regarded as the Breast Cancer Awareness month. A pink ribbon is worn during the […]

Did you know that one in eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer? Did you also know that the most prevalent type of cancer affecting women around the world is breast cancer? Hence, the world over the month of October is regarded as the Breast Cancer Awareness month.

A pink ribbon is worn during the month of October to denote awareness on breast cancer. October 23rd is considered “Wear It Pink” day in the UK to coincide with the largest breast cancer fundraising event in the UK.

You as an individual or an organization can also designate a day during the month of October to stand in solidarity with women to spread awareness on breast cancer by wearing pink or simply pinning a pink ribbon on your attire.

Breast Cancer in a Nutshell 


Like every other cancer, breast cancer too is a result of uncontrolled growth cells. As these cells continue to grow and accumulate more than the normal cells, a noticeable lump or mass is formed in the breast. Breast cancer often begins in the milk producing ducts (invasive ductal carcinoma) but can also begin in the glandular tissues known as globules (invasive lobular carcinoma) and continue to spread into other parts of the body.

Risk Factors:

Warning Signs:

How to Lower the Risk of Breast Cancer? 

It is important to be physically active for at least 2 hours a week, as a moderately energetic lifestyle has been linked to low rates of breast cancer risk. 

Increase in body weight has been linked with a higher risk of breast cancer after menopause. Therefore, it is imperative that you maintain a healthy weight throughout your lifetime. 

As with any other disease or condition, alcohol intake has been linked to increased rates of breast cancer risk.

Switch from a lifestyle of red meat consumption, to a more organic lifestyle of fruits and vegetables.  

Where Can I Get Breast Cancer Screening in Sri Lanka?


While the number of island wide cancer treatment centers in Sri Lanka are limited, here are a few that are easily accessible: 

Breast Cancer in Men


Breast cancer is not just limited to women. Men too are susceptible to this deadly cancer. While the exact cause of breast cancer in men is unclear, there are risk factors that contribute to it. For instance, men who are over the age of 50, are the most vulnerable but young men can be affected as well. Higher levels of estrogen in men caused by liver damage (cirrhosis), obesity, and genetic conditions (Klinefelter’s Syndrome) can also lead to breast cancer. As with women, men too exhibit more or less the same symptoms such as swelling of the breast, flaky skin on the breast, nipple discharge, irritation and tenderness of breast skin, and pain in the nipple area.

Refer these articles for more information:

How Can Technology Help in the Fight Against Breast Cancer?

Smart, A.I. based healthcare information systems can be adopted to understand a patient’s genealogy and forewarn the probability of breast cancer risk to the patient. Through cloud native information systems such as VIDA, patient illness histories and genealogy can be shared with other healthcare providers (& information systems) across the world to track a patient’s health status.  

For more information: 

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