“The Kingsbury Nurtures” in collaboration with the Cancer Care Association – a registered (L147405) non governmental voluntary organization founded by Dr Smadhi Rajapaksa will be initiating a Breast Cancer Awareness drive in month of October. Their (CCA) main objectives are to uplift the physical, mental, social and spiritual well being of the cancer patients and their family members. “The Kingsbury Nurtures” the CSR arm of The Kingsbury, took into consideration caring for a vital segment; that constitutes for half the population of Sri Lanka, ‘the caregiver’ of families, and a significant contributor to the economy – the Sri Lankan women. Unfortunately, the statistics show that breast cancer is more prevalent amongst urban women and it can be said that this segment are the ones who would delay or postpone the screening for breast cancer due to their busy lifestyles.
The Kingsbury Nurtures and Cancer Care Association’s immediate concern is to create awareness that breast cancer can be cured if detected early through regular screenings and the long-term objective is to raise adequate funds for the purchasing of mobile mammography machines.
Given below are the details for those of would like to contribute to the purchase of mobile mammography machines:
Cheques in favour of “The Cancer Association” can be posted to No.55, Munasingha Mawatha, Galawilawatta, Homagama, Sri Lanka or their accounts at the following banks:
Commercila bank (Homagama) - 1290025562
Bank of Ceylon (Maharagama) - 75181082
Sampath Bank (Gangodawila) - 113561000289
Hatton National Bank (Nugegoda) - 027020516593
Peoples Bank (Gangodawila) - 097200180012126
National Savings bank(Navinna) - 101190157473
Some vital information for women
Symptoms and Signs of breast cancer
Every person should know the symptoms and signs of breast cancer, and any time an abnormality is discovered, it should be investigated by a healthcare professional. Most people who have breast cancer symptoms and signs will initially notice only one or two, and the presence of these symptoms and signs do not automatically mean that you have breast cancer.
By performing monthly breast self-exams, you will be able to more easily identify any changes in your breast. Be sure to talk to your healthcare professional if you notice anything unusual.
A Change In How The Breast Or Nipple Feels
- Nipple tenderness or a lump or thickening in or near the breast or underarm area
- A change in the skin texture or an enlargement of pores in the skin of the breast
- A lump in the breast (It’s important to remember that all lumps should be investigated by a healthcare professional, but not all lumps are cancerous.)
A Change In The Breast Or Nipple Appearance
- Any unexplained change in the size or shape of the breast
- Dimpling anywhere on the breast
- Unexplained swelling of the breast (especially if on one side only)
- Unexplained shrinkage of the breast (especially if on one side only)
- Recent asymmetry of the breasts (Although it is common for women to have one breast that is slightly larger than the other, if the onset of asymmetry is recent, it should be checked.)
- Nipple that is turned slightly inward or inverted
- Skin of the breast, areola, or nipple that becomes scaly, red, or swollen or may have ridges or pitting.
Any Nipple Discharge—Particularly Clear Discharge Or Bloody Discharge
It is also important to note that a milky discharge that is present when a woman is not breastfeeding should be checked by her doctor, although it is not linked with breast cancer.
If I have some symptoms, is it likely to be cancer?
Most often, these symptoms are not due to cancer, but any breast cancer symptom you notice should be investigated as soon as it is discovered. If you have any of these symptoms, you should tell your healthcare provider so that the problem can be diagnosed and treated.
If I have no symptoms, should I assume I do not have cancer?
Although there’s no need to worry, regular screenings are always important. Your doctor can check for breast cancer before you have any noticeable symptoms. During your office visit, your doctor will ask about your personal and family medical history and perform a physical examination. In addition, your doctor may order one or more imaging tests, such as a mammogram.