In it’s second year, the Oasis of Life: Cancer Awareness Life Race has achieved to become a major annual event in Embu County’s list of events while striving to create awareness on cancer. Better and bigger than the inaugural event last year, the race has managed to attract more participants to take part in the 10 km and 5 km races and with a bevvy of activities including blood donation, free breast and cervical cancer screening, HIV testing & counselling, motivational talks from survivors, and so much more. Race registration is only Kshs.500 via MPESA Paybill number 820355. For race caps & tshirts call +254726992447
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT BREAST & CERVICAL CANCER
Breast cancer is a disease in which cancer cells form in the tissues of the breast. There are different kinds of breast cancer. The kind of breast cancer depends on which cells in the breast turn into cancer, which can begin in different parts of the breast, such as the ducts or the lobes.
Cervical cancer is a disease in which cancer cells form in the tissues of the cervix. The cervix is the lower, narrow end of the uterus.
Risk factors for breast cancer include the following:
Demographic Risk Factors:
- Female gender
- Advancing age
- Personal or family history (first-degree relative)
- Genetics (BRCA mutations)
Reproductive Risk Factors:
- Early age of menarche
- Late age of first birth
- Few or no pregnancies
- No breastfeeding
- Late age at menopause
Lifestyle Risk Factors:
- Overweight or obesity
- Lack of physical activity
- Alcohol consumption
Other Risk Factors:
- History of radiation
- Hormonal therapy use
Risk factors for cervical cancer include the following:
- Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. HPV is a common virus that can be passed from one person to another during sex. There are many types of HPV. Some HPV types can cause changes on a woman’s cervix that can lead to cervical cancer over time. For more information on HPV and the HPV vaccine.
- Having multiple sexual partners.
- History of sexually transmitted disease.
- Having first sexual intercourse at a young age.
Even if you do not have any of these risk factors, you still need to be screened. Risk factors simply are those things that increase your chances of developing cancer; they are not the only reasons why cancer may develop.
Information Courtesy of http://learntolivehealthy.org/ltl_womenshealth.asp