What is breast cancer?
Breast cancer happens when cells in the breast grow out of control.
How many women have breast cancer?
Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer among Kenyan women. In Kenya, 12.5% of cancer cases are breast cancer cases. However, it is a preventable disease.
What are the risk factors?
Heredity & Family History
Mutations - BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations
Previous abnormal biopsy
Chest wall radiation
High breast density
Reproductive history- nulliparity
No breastfeeding history
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
Lifestyle – obesity, physical inactivity, tobacco & alcohol
How can I prevent getting breast cancer?
Limit alcohol consumption
Limit tobacco use
Maintain a healthy diet
What are the symptoms?
Breast lump or thickening
Change in size, shape, and/or appearance of the breast
Dimpling of the skin on the breast
Newly inverted nipple
Scaling, peeling, crusting of pigmented skin area around the nipple
Redness of skin on breast
Consult a healthcare professional immediately if you have any of these symptoms.
What are the screening methods?
What are some treatment options?
National Cancer Screening Guidelines