Identifying breast cancer through lemons at a glance is the concept of the Worldwide Breast Cancer Association to educate women about breast cancer and encourage them to self-diagnose. 12 lemons represent the 12 symptoms that must put women to the chip by ear. A shock campaign that can alert us to changes in our chest and to massively share around us!
With 49,000 new cases diagnosed every year and 11,900 deaths, breast cancer is the most lethal female cancer. One in eight women is confronted with it during their lifetime. Risk increases with age, 8 out of 10 breast cancers occur after 50 years. Screening can detect cancer at an early stage, the chances of cure are 90% and the aggressiveness of treatments applied greatly reduced when the disease is detected early.
The best way to detect breast cancer is to do a mammogram. Women between the ages of 50 and 70 are required to undergo a screening, supplemented if necessary by an ultrasound, every two years, within the framework of the organized breast cancer screening program for women, They have no apparent symptoms or risk factors for breast cancer. It is also advisable to be attentive to the first signs from the age of 25 years, where an annual clinical examination of the breasts (palpation) is strongly recommended.
Through sensitization campaigns and early detection, 90% of patients live five years after being diagnosed with cancer and 80% 10 years later.
Bump, abnormal flow, scaling ... signs that must alert
Indeed, breast cancer can often be detected visually. So to help women spot suspect signs, WorldWide Breast Cancer found a way to get a powerful message while bypassing censorship of social networks.
As original as it is explicit, the photomontage of the campaign known as Know Your Lemons features lemons spread on an egg carton. This allegorical visual campaign has gone around the web without being suppressed, hoping to overcome the barriers and change the image of breast cancer to challenge women who are not affected by the methods of awareness.
Because there are other signs that the presence of a tumor that can be seen more than palpated. The idea is that each citrus represents a characteristic abnormality of malignant tumors. A touch of originality for a serious subject that reminds us how crucial it is for all women to make a habit of regularly checking their breasts and report these unusual changes and seemingly innocuous signs that can save lives.
A thick, hard lump in the breast: a nodule may be the sign of a serious underlying affection.
Shoulder: a hollow on the chest, may be symptomatic of a tumor located in the breast tissue and pulling it inward.
Discharge: Be careful if your nipples ooze with a liquid of greenish color or mixed with blood.
Abnormal changes in the contour and deforming the breast are significant: dilated vein, wrinkle-like folds, inward nipple, size, congestive redness, desquamation of the nipple, deformity or size change, orange peel or size .
Other symptoms, when the cancerous mass has grown or spread to other organs
- Bone Pain
- Muscular weakness
- Double vision
- Loss of appetite
- Yellowing of the skin, white of eyes and urine
- Shortness of breath
When the signs of breast cancer are fairly detectable or visible and cause pain, it is that the cancer is, in most cases, spreading. Early detection, using imaging techniques such as mammography and MRI, can detect the stage of cancer. If your breast palpation worries you with the discovery of suspicious symptoms, check with your gynecologist or physician immediately.