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October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Here’s everything you need to know about breast cancer awareness month. Plus, the best clinic for breast reconstruction surgery in Dubai.

October is upon us and you must have noticed pink ribbons around you. The pink ribbon is synonymous with breast cancer awareness month. The whole month of October is celebrated as breast cancer awareness month worldwide. It is an annual campaign to spread awareness and raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure. Breast cancer awareness month was founded in 1985 by the American Cancer Society and the pharmaceutical division of Imperial Chemical Industries.According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer occurs when the cells begin to grow uncontrollably. These cells usually form a tumour that can often be seen on an X-ray or felt as a lump. Breast cancer occurs mostly in women, but men can also get it. Breast cancer is treatable if detected early. However, if not detected on time, it can spread to other parts of the body and prove fatal.

What are the common symptoms of breast cancer?

You can prevent or detect breast cancer in its early stages by paying close attention to any changes in and around the breast area. Some of the common symptoms of breast cancer are:

  • A breast lump or tissue thickening that feels different than surrounding tissue and has developed recently
  • Breast pain
  • Red, pitted skin over your entire breast
  • Swelling
  • A nipple discharge other than breast milk
  • Bloody discharge from your nipple
  • Peeling, scaling, or flaking of skin on your nipple or breast
  • A sudden, unexplained change in the shape or size of your breast
  • Inverted nipple
  • Changes in the appearance of the skin on your breasts
  • A lump or swelling under your arm

How to diagnose breast cancer?

There are various tests available to diagnose breast cancer:

  • Breast exam: In this test, your doctor will check both of your breasts and armpits, feeling for any lumps or other abnormalities.
  • Mammogram: This is one of the most commonly used methods to diagnose breast cancer. A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast.
  • Breast ultrasound: Ultrasound is a great way to determine whether a new breast lump is a solid mass or a fluid-filled cyst.

What are the treatment options for breast cancer?

There are several breast cancer treatment options available. Your doctor chooses a treatment based on the type, size, and stage of your breast cancer. Most people undergo surgery for breast cancer and also receive additional treatment after surgery, such as chemotherapy, hormone therapy, or radiation. The three most common types of breast cancer surgery are:

  • Lumpectomy
  • Mastectomy
  • Lymph node dissection

What is breast reconstruction surgery?

While surgery is a highly effective way to treat breast cancer, it can sometimes make women conscious about their appearance. Women who have breast cancer surgery often choose breast reconstruction surgery to rebuild the shape and look of the breast. There are three main types of breast reconstruction surgery:

  • Implant-based breast reconstruction
  • Flap breast reconstruction
  • Reconstructing the nipple and areola after the breast cancer surgery

While choosing the right type of breast reconstruction, the doctor will consider the following options:

  • Type of mastectomy
  • Cancer treatments
  • Patient's body type

Where to get breast reconstruction surgery in Dubai?

If you are considering breast reconstruction surgery in Dubai, you must visit Dr Samer Bassilios Habre at Biolite. Dr Samer is a European board-certified plastic surgeon and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery. He is an expert in the field of breast reconstruction and has years of American and European experience. He is available in Biolite from October 9-17. Book a consultation now to discuss the different types of breast reconstruction surgeries with him. You can speak to us on  +971 4 346 6641, email on, or schedule an appointment here.

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