Dear Parents

For my Personal Project, I am creating an awareness about Breast Cancer by making a booklet to inform young girls and boys about the need for early detection and some other important information about Breast Cancer. My booklet will be available at the TIS front desk. I will also be visiting schools; Tema Ridge, TIS Primary, Calvary Presby School and Tetteh Ocloo School for the Deaf. Social media is another great platform to create awareness. Check Twittter page – @wecanwinBC.

Breast Cancer is one of the leading cancers in the world. It is responsible for over 15% of all cancer related deaths in women. The question here is, why does a cancer that can be cured still claim so many lives? To begin with, Breast Cancer affects both women and men, so it is a matter of concern for both sexes.

The main reason why Breast Cancer still takes so many lives is because of late detection. The disease is often not detected early enough and is only attended to when the cancer has developed into its later stages. Survival rates of Stage 4 Breast Cancer is as low as 16%. This means that treatment in this stage is rigourous and may even come with other health complications due to treatment procedures like radiation therapy amongst others.

The only way to make sure that you are not in danger of developing the disease is by getting checked early enough and checking yourself. Conducting a breast exam at least once a month is an excellent way to check for any lump development. Also, be aware of your breasts. You need to know the normal look and feel of your breast to be able to easily spot any changes that can happen. This kind of self-check can be done every day, preferably.

Having a mammography is a must. It is highly recommended for women over the age of 40. Lifestyle patterns like exercise and good eating habits can help minimally. Most people think that lifestyle patterns have a huge effect on whether an individual develops Breast Cancer or not. It doesn’t. It is all about genetics. You can have a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Unfortunately, if it within your genes, chances are, you might develop it. That is why it is important to check yourself and check in with a doctor to be secure.

I believe that by preaching the message of how important early detection is, we can save ourselves the burden of encountering it in the future and also help others around us in the same way. To know more about Breast Cancer make sure to get one of my booklets from next week. Lady-Margaret Hagan – MYP 5