Did you know that by raising awareness and by providing support breast cancer survival has increased by more than 90% in high-income countries?
How was this achieved?
Firstly, by raising awareness – early diagnosis increases chances of survival and secondly, by having the right support services to screen, diagnose and treat breast cancer.
- Although rare in men, breast cancer can affect both men and women.
- The top 3 major risk factors for breast cancer – being a woman, over 50 years old and having a family history of breast cancer.
- People who are diagnosed with breast cancers that did not spread (aka metastasized) have a better 5 year survival.
- A lump or thickening in the breast.
- A change in size or shape of the breast.
- Puckering, dimpling, redness of the skin around the breast.
- Changes in the look of the skin around the nipple.
- An abnormal nipple discharges.
Take home message: get to know your breasts!
- Generally, women over 40 years of age should be screened annually for breast cancer.
- If you have any concerns visit your doctor.
- Tests offered depend on the situation – ultrasound, mammogram, tissue sampling.
- Discuss follow up with your doctor.
- Emotional support through family, friends, cancer survivors and support groups.
- Support for caregivers of cancer patients is also important.
There are a few ways to reduce the risk of breast cancer:
- Prolonged breastfeeding.
- Engage in regular physical activity and maintain a healthy weight.
- Avoid tobacco use, alcohol use and prolonged hormonal use (speak with your doctor about your risks if you are taking hormone replacement therapy or birth control pills).
As a people manager, are you aware of the ways in which you can support your employees? Follow these recommended tips:
- Ensure insurance plans cover screening for cancers and treatment if required.
- Hold awareness campaigns and provide time for employees to get their required medical screenings.
- Work can be beneficial to employees who are undergoing treatment for breast cancer but advice from Occupational Health is highly recommended for this.
- Emotional and financial support pathways can help employees manage during these tough times
- Provide facilities to help women breastfeed at work.
We at Medi Sense Clinic offer a complete range of health and wellness options to support your employees taking into consideration your operational needs.
Please contact us for more information about how we can help you with total workplace wellness.