As a mother or a mother-to-be, cancer can lead to anxious thoughts, particularly when it comes to nursing an infant

Today, having a preventative attitude to any disease is half the battle won. For cancer, specifically breast cancer, this cannot be more accurate. Education around preventative methods, annual clinic visits and simple self-body checks continues to be a driving factor in the fight against this disease in women.

Breastfeeding can be a reality for women affected by cancer

As a mother or a mother-to-be, this disease can lead to anxious thoughts, particularly when it comes to nursing an infant. Having a strict screening program in place, breast cancer can not only be detected early and managed effectively no matter the stage of your pregnancy or infant planning, but with the right advice and understanding, breastfeeding can absolutely be a reality for women affected by the disease.

It’s important to take care of your breasts

So, about prevention. Whatever your age, size or shape, it is important to take care of your breasts. Getting to know how your breasts look and feel, so you know what is normal for you, is an essential part of caring for your body. Around two thirds of breast cancers are found by the person themselves, so it’s important to notice any unusual changes and report them to your doctor without delay. Bodily changes in pregnancy are a natural occurrence, and your instincts are heightened, so use this as another opportunity to be effective in prevention techniques.

What works for you and your baby

All women should fully educate themselves around the options there are when it comes to breastfeeding after surviving breast cancer, as a lack of information can lead to misguided views and choices. It is possible to breastfeed after surviving breast cancer, but obviously does depend on the severity and impact of the disease. For example, after a double mastectomy, sadly, breastfeeding is impossible. But there are various diagnoses and various solutions on offer so be sure to talk to your doctor about what works for you and your baby.

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At Philips, prevention is always our mandate. We propose a complete solution for screening management that encompasses the entire patient journey, from the exam invitation to the mammography exam itself, to the report and additional exams, as required. Our screening management program includes consultancy, quality assurance measures, education, outsourcing services, and measurement of key performance indicators.

You can take an active role in your breast cancer care – so don’t be afraid to take control!

Article by Philips Mother and Child