With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month the staff at the Community Liaison Unit and Patient Education and Counselling Centre hosted Breast Cancer Awareness Day on October 25th, 2018 at the Nurses Lounge, San Fernando General Hospital. It was an effort to bolster awareness about breast cancer and promote the steps that can be taken to increase the chances of survival rate among persons diagnosed with this type of cancer.
Early diagnosis of breast cancer through self-examinations and mammograms can decrease the mortality rate due to the treatment options available, such as: hormonal therapy, radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery, coupled with good nutrition and cancer survival methods that offer a better quality of life after treatment. Presentations on these factors were delivered by Ms. Alana Alexander, Radiographer, Ms. Tricia Mengoo, Registered Dietitian, Dr. Giselle Wheeler, House Officer Oncology, and Ms. Michelle O'Kefe, Founder Ears Cancer Support Foundation respectively.
Guidelines for good nutrition to reduce the incidence of breast cancer, the risk of breast cancer progression and the risk of recurrence:
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Have a plant based diet rich in phytonutrients
- Reduce meat consumption, especially red and processed meats
- Reduce sugar intake
- Drink enough water each day
- Include regular physical activity