Our aim is to bring awareness about breast cancer to women in Malta. One in eight women will face the fight against cancer during her lifetime. This year we are also introducing the Movember campaign where focus turns to men’s health, particularly prostate and testicular cancer.
We invite you to explore, donate and to spread the message.
Distributing the right information on how to protect and check yourself for breast, testicular and prostate cancer to a wide audience.
Introducing regular check-ups and taking action when things don’t seem right.
Every donation that comes in helps NGOs continue the invaluable work they do with patients, encouraging both men and women to face their fears by educating themselves in the diagnosis and treatment of breast, testicular and prostate cancer. Donations also fund research, equipment and programmes for patients undergoing cancer treatment.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women all over the world. In Malta, around 300 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. Adopting a healthy lifestyle may reduce one’s risk of developing breast cancer. Early diagnosis through breast awareness and regular mammography screening will lead to better outcomes and improved survival.
BE BREAST AWARE
Know what is normal for your breasts
Know what to look and feel for
Look and feel
Report any changes to your doctor
HOW TO CHECK YOUR BREAST
Place a pillow under your right shoulder. Put your right hand under your head. Check your entire right breast area with the finger pads of your left hand. Use small circles and follow an up and down pattern. Use light, medium and firm pressure over each area of your breast. Repeat these steps on your left breast.
Facing a Mirror
Check for any changes in the shape and contours of your breast. Note any skin or nipple changes such as dimpling or nipple discharge. Inspect your breast in four steps:
arms at side
hands on hips pressing firmly to flex chest muscles
In the Shower
Raise your right arm. With soapy hands and fingers flat, check your right breast. Use the method described in the ‘Lying Down” step. Repeat on your left breast.
REDUCE YOUR RISK
Making healthy lifestyle choices will lower your risk of developing breast cancer.
Eat a balanced nutritious diet containing vegetables, wholegrain cereals, legumes, nuts, seeds and proteins.
Get regular, moderate-intensity physical activity for at least half an hour on most days of the week.
Keep a healthy body weight.
Avoid or limit your alcohol intake.
If possible, breastfeed your newborn baby at least for the first six months of life.
Avoid tobacco use and second hand smoke.
EARLY DETECTION CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE
Women between the ages of 50 and 69 years are invited for free mammography screening.
Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers affecting men with about 210 being diagnosed per year.
The chances of developing prostate cancer increase with age. Not everyone experiences symptoms. If there is a family history of prostate cancer, if you are over 50 years of age, a heavy smoker or experience a sudden worsening in the ability to pass urine, you should get your prostate checked. If you are concerned even without any of the above you can still get yourself checked out. Most of the symptoms men experience with the urine stream are NOT due to prostate cancer but due to a normal process of prostate growth.
Cancer of the testes is not common and usually affects men between the ages of 15 and 49 years.
At the same time each month, check for any change in the normal look or feel of your testicles. Look for:
swelling or lumps
change in weight, shape or size
feeling of pain
HOW TO CHECK YOUR TESTICLES
A warm shower is the right environment to check yourself as it will loosen any tension your body will be feeling.
Roll one testicle between your thumb and fingers to check for lumps, swelling or pain.
Repeat the process with your other testicle. If you do feel or see any lumps or swelling, and you’re in pain when touching, there’s no reason to panic, but do visit a doctor to get checked out.
Make a Difference
Every donation that comes in helps patients undergoing breast, prostate and testicular cancer treatment as well as the NGOs working with these patients.
this is where you come in…
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