Pink October. Cancer, prevention and screening

Who says October, says Pink October ! In this month of action and a change., it seemed necessary and essential to address, here and with you, the vast question of female cancer, gynecological cancers and their prevention.

Too much women are now victims of cancer when it could have been avoided. Indeed, early management of the disease offers better management. It is important to free speech, to inform but also to take an interest in the various actions carried out by the associations.
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With our products, menstrual cup as period panties, Louloucup is aimed at all women, from puberty to the menopause. We address ourselves with our products above all to your intimacies. We thus wished to approach with you within the framework ofPink October, the importance of prevention. Certain gestures, certain words, certain requests seem trivial and unimportant to you. They can, however, save your life!

The Pink October movement and the importance of prevention

What is Pink October?

You will certainly not have missed it: pink umbrellas and streamers adorn public furniture in your city. Pink October is a moment of action in the year coordinated with the League against Cancer to mobilize public opinion on the breast cancer. A cancer that still kills too many women today. Breast cancer is the most fatal cancer in women in France. The Pink October event serves to promote the breast cancer screening, a cancer that in many cases can be cured if diagnosed early (in 90% of cases).

Actions, meetings, forums, walks, races, many different events are organized throughout the month of October to arouse curiosity and interest. Health professionals are called upon to participate in order to inform andinform the public. It is important that the public can access information in a simple, direct and relaxed manner. There is no question of a hospital, of an appointment with a practitioner that you do not know and of a strict, narrow and timed framework. 

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Some events require a small financial contribution (organization of races, for example). All funds are then returned in the form of donations. The donations make it possible to help patients in their daily lives (aid for the financing of a breast prosthesis, a treatment session) or to fund research.
So do not hesitate any longer and go to your city to participate in one of the many gatherings, workshops or events organized.

Prevention

Talking about it again and again, informing, asking questions, not being afraid to disturb. Remember that cancer kills. Daring to speak can save you! Dare to ask questions at the next appointment with your doctor. Dare to meet the associations. It is so important to get tested when we know that one in eight women in France is at risk of being affected by breast cancer during her lifetime. Every year in France, 58 500 women suffer from breast cancer. Only 1 out of 2 women performs a screening examination.

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What does screening consist of?

From the age of 25, it is important to carry out a simple check-up by a healthcare professional every year. This clinical examination is a simple palpation of the breasts. The palpation is extremely fast (a few seconds) and is not painful. To the menopause, it is recommended to make a mammography every two years.
All these examinations are fully covered by social security.

And the self-assessment?

Although it does not replace the expert hands of a healthcare professional (doctor, midwife or gynecologist), Thebreast self-examination is a good means of prevention. Very simple to perform, it is a matter of inspecting, examining your breasts yourself. You can do this on a regular basis. How to proceed ?
  • Examine her breasts after her period.
  • Visually inspect them first for any discrepancy, asymmetry, swelling, or anything else unusual. Check that there is no discharge from the nipples
  • To properly palpate, raise the arm from the palpated breast and palpate with the opposite hand. With your fingertips, carefully inspect the breast from the nipple outward to the armpit.
We recall that in no case theself-examination does not replace a visit to a doctor! We also do not advocateself-diagnosis. On the other hand, self-palpation can be a signal to consult if you feel a lump or abnormal discomfort under your fingers. This eliminates the risk of cancer. It is a gesture and preventive behavior that can save.
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Breast cancer and all the others...

In October, we talk a lot about the breast cancer. Let's not forget the other cancers to which women are exposed. The gynecological cancers are numerous: cancer of the cervix, cancer of the endometrium, cancer of the ovaries, cancer of the vulva, cancer of the vagina or cancer of the fallopian tube.

Treatments vary. They also depend on the stage of advancement of the cancer. Some signs should alert: pelvic pain, abdominal pain, menstruation very abundant. Some cancers are sneakier with an absence of symptoms. Hence the importance of consulting regularly, not missing your smears and making an appointment for screenings.

Glossary of terms related to gynecological cancers

Le uterine sarcoma is uterine cancer. Tumors lodge in the uterus and endometrium. This cancer remains rare (1 to 3% of uterine cancers).
Le peritoneal carcinoma or peritoneal cancer is often the consequence of ovarian cancer, colon cancer or breast cancer.
The papillomavirus 16 et 18 are responsible for Cervical cancer. Persistent lesions caused by infection can develop into cancer. A vaccine exists but screening smear remain essential.
Le cancer of the uterine body is endometrial cancer.
Un uterine fibroids is a benign tumor, also called myoma ou fibromyoma that forms in the uterus. 1 out of 3 women experiences a uterine fibroid in her lifetime.
Le uterine polyp ou polyp of the uterus is a growth developing in the uterus, on its wall, the endometrium. Benin in the vast majority of cases, the polyp can be single or multiple and of different sizes.
A doubt ? A specific family plot? Pains ? Never hesitate to consult your doctor. Do not miss your annual check-up appointment with your gynecologist or midwife. It is important to conduct frottis regular. It is an effective, fast and painless means of screening.