Breast Cancer Awareness 2.0

Theme: Breast Cancer Awareness
Date: October 27th 2018
Locations: Douala and Yaoundé
Cameroon

To commemorate October 2018, which is the Breast Cancer Awareness month, Beta Girls Organization, teamed with over 50 girls in Douala and Yaoundé to launch a viral online Campaign dubbed, #IFeelMyself

The volunteers took photos of them wearing pink T-shirts because pink has been attributed to the cause of Breast Cancer Awareness and their hands were on their left breasts because the left breast is 10% more susceptible to Breast Cancer than the right.

We held two simultaneous Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign events, in Yaoundé and Douala, where girls were educated about Breast Cancer and how to carry out self Examination for Breast Cancer.

The message of the campaign, is that Self Examination of the Breasts is key to saving lives from Breast Cancer, because the earlier Breast Cancer gets detected, the easier it can be treated.
The campaign did not only end with the pictures, but two Beta Girls Talk Events were simultaneously held in Douala and Yaoundé, educating girls on Breast Cancer and how to practically carry out the self examination exercise.

In Douala, the girls were educated by Dr Nkwetta Marion of Laquintinie Hospital and in Yaoundé, they were educated by Mr Aconnue Yannick, founder of Z Cancer Foundation.

Click below to see photos from the campaign:

https://www.youtube.com/shorts/ORV-CybaSJk

To round off our #IFeelMyself Breast Cancer Campaign, we held two events in
Yaoundé and Douala simultaneously where we learnt about Breast Cancer and how to carry out self Examination for Breast Cancer.

Dr Nkwetta Marion of Laquintinie Hospital educated the girls in Douala, meanwhile Mr Aconnue Yannick, of Z Cancer Foundation, educated the girls in Yaoundé.

This is a summary of what we learnt:

In lay man terms, Breast Cancer is the growth of abnormal cells in the breast.
Risk factors of Breast Cancer that can be modified are:
1- Alcohol: Women should not take more than 7 bottles of alcohol per day
2- Do more physical exercises
3- Eating habits: Eat more organic food
Risk factors that are unmodifiable:
-Age
-Menopause
-Hormone intake
-Late first pregnancy (having first pregnancy at 30+)
-Early menstruation and late menopause
Symptoms of #BreastCancer :
-Lumping of the breast
-Dimplying of the skin
-Pain in Breast and nipple
-Retraction(going inside) of the nipple
-Discharge of nipple

How to detect #BreastCancer through Screening. Techniques:

-Mammography(XRay of the breast)
-Breast Ultrasound

In Cameroon, Mammography cost ranges from 30,000frs to 55,000frs per screening . Due to the high cost of mammography in Africa, we adopt Clinical Breast Examination, where a trained health professional examines the breast physically to detect abnormalities.

Self examination:

Why do you do it?
To know your breast, so that if something changes you will notice.
-Do it twice every month
-Do it 4-6 days after the end of your menses

How do you do it?
In 5 steps:

1-Stand infront of the mirror, take off your clothes , put your hands on ur hips, when your shoulders are raised, look at the size, the skin above and below, and the color of your breasts.

2-Raise your hands up, infront of the mirror, check for symmetry, and discharge on the nipple.

3- Still infront of the mirror, apply pressure on your nipple to see if there would be any discharge.

4-Lie down on a bed, put your right hand under your head, on a pillow, use the first three fingers of your left hand to feel your breast. Not the tips of ur fingers, but flatten ur fingers on ur breast.
You can feel your breast in circular motion, horizontal motion or vertical motion. Then you feel your under arm as well, because any cancerous cells in that part of the body is considered as Breast Cancer. All the motion starts from outward to inwards, clockwise or anti-clockwise round your breast. Then on the center. Do same for the other breast.

5-Sit or stand, put one hand up and repeat step 4.

Debunking Myths about Breast Cancer:
Wearing bras(with bone or without bone) has nothing to do with breast cancer.
Lactating/Breast feeding a baby, protects from #BreastCancer because when breast feeding, breast cells don’t multiply. The art of sucking the breast for sexual pleasure DOES NOT save from #BreastCancer

Dr Nkwetta Marion teaching girls how to do self examination(Douala)
Dr Nkwetta Marion teaching girls how to do self examination(Douala)
Girls listening(Douala)
Girls listening(Douala)
Girls practicing self examination
Girl practicing self examination(Douala)
Group picture(Douala)
Mr Aconnue Yannick teaching(Yaoundé)
Girls Listening(Yaoundé)
Girls listening(Yaoundé)
Group picture(Yaoundé)
Group picture(Yaoundé)
Group picture(Yaoundé)