March 20, 2019

Let’s Talk About Boobi – Emeka Nwolisa

Let’s Talk About Boobi – Emeka Nwolisa

The female breast is affectionately called and described in diverse names and  manner. It spans from the serious, to the mundane and to the  comical. A comedian with an over blown sense of  mischief once remarked that at any stage of a man’s life, there is always a breast he is sucking . It moves from his mother to his girlfriend and then to that of his wife. No wonder Anita Clenney could boldly holla that ‘All human males were as fascinated with cars as they were with breasts.” Truth be told, the female breasts provide hours of sucking pleasure in addition to providing wholesome and adequate nutrition for babies.

The female breasts are awesome parts of the anatomy but when it becomes diseased, it is usually a fire on the mountain scenario. Breast cancer is the commonest female malignancy globally and in Nigeria, breast cancer has overtaken cervical cancer as the leading type of cancer in  females.  In Nigeria, as in most developing countries, late presentation which often makes death inevitable is the rule rather than the norm.

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 The No Bra Day commonly observed yearly  on October 13 has come and gone with all the social media brouhaha but importantly, it brought issues of breast cancer to the fore again. The month of October is commonly marked as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is marked in countries across the world to help increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection and treatment as well as palliative care  for females with breast cancer.

Currently, the causes of breast cancer are not fully known, therefore, early detection of the disease remains the cornerstone of  its management. When breast cancer is detected early, and if adequate diagnosis and treatment are available, there is a good chance that cure can be achieved..

The WHO promotes comprehensive breast cancer control programmes as part of national cancer control plans. The recommended early detection strategies for low and middle class countries – are awareness of early signs and symptoms and screening by clinical breast examination. Mammography screening is important but sadly, it is very expensive, cost intensive and not generally available.

Suggestions for reducing the risk of  breast cancer include dietary modification. They include reduction of fats and  the intake of more fruits, vegetables, and grains. Alcohol consumption has been associated with an increased risk of breast cancer risk, so a reduction is advocated. It is important to keep in mind that dietary measures are not proven to overcome other risk factors for breast cancer. Women who adhere to a healthy diet should still take other preventive measures such as having regular mammograms where available and accessible.

 Early detection and treatment is still the best strategy for a better cancer outcome. The ways for early detection include regular breast examination for lumps. With increasing availability of  facilities for mammography, regular  mammogram becomes essential. This is even more important  for females with a family history of breast cancer.

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On a lighter note though, bros when next you are at work  on the breast , don’t just seek pleasure ……subconsciously look out for lumps. The owner of that breast that gives you pleasure could  remain alive and well by that singular action.

Lilian Osigwe Editor

A Creative and Versatile Writer.  
Currently writes for SabiNews Media

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