Breast self-examination (The complete guide)

Even after your breast self-exam, you will still need to periodically go for medical mammography as advised by your physician.

Even after your breast self-exam, you will still need to periodically go for medical mammography as advised by your physician.

What you need to know:

  • In Kenya, breast cancer is estimated to account for 23 percent of all cancer cases among women.
  • Women seeking basic treatment for breast cancer pay between Sh. 175,200 and Sh. 1.98 million without surgery in Kenya, according to the National Cancer Institute.
  • In 2020, there were 2.3 million women diagnosed with breast cancer and 685 000 deaths globally. As at the end of 2020, there were 7.8 million women alive who were diagnosed with breast cancer in the past 5 years, according to the World Health Organisation.

According to the Ministry of Health, breast cancer currently accounts for about 6,000 new cases of cancer every year. Symptoms include a lump in the breast, asymmetry, skin retraction, recent nipple retraction, blood-stained nipple discharge, eczematous changes in the areola. The World Health Organization recommends that you consult your physician within one to two months when you find an abnormal lump in your breast, regardless of whether the lump is painful or not.

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