Fight Breast Cancer

As GCC goes pink this October, AXA will go Pink too, pink in support of the women fighting breast cancer!

In a step set that reinforces its commitment to the community, AXA Gulf – one of the largest non-life international insurers in the GCC had taken the initiative and partnered with different healthcare providers across GCC to launch a breast cancer awareness campaign aiming at educating women of all ages on breast cancer risks and early detection.

The Breast cancer Campaign is part of AXA’s Corporate Responsibility and is integral to the company’s commitment to building better understanding about the health risks faced by individuals and the society.

According to WHO, about 70 percent of breast cancer cases are not reported until they are at a very late stage in Middle East, resulting in a high proportion of women presenting with late-stage disease. However, Dynamic public-private partnerships coupled with meaningful innovation can create a healthcare pipeline that delivers patient-centric, locally tailored solutions to address the health needs of women in the Middle East to fight breast Cancer

Am I at Risk for Breast Cancer?

You’re an active young woman. You may be:

  • Going to school.
  • Working hard at your job.
  • Having fun with your friends.
  • Taking care of your family.
  • Thinking about your future.

Did you know you could get breast cancer?

  • Even if you’re young.
  • Even if you don’t drink alcohol.
  • Even if you have no family history of breast cancer.

We don’t know what causes breast cancer. No one knows how to prevent it. What we do know is that if breast cancer is found early, women have more treatment options and a better chance of surviving.

Here are the facts.

  • Except for skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women today.
  • Early detection and effective treatment for breast cancer have been shown to improve survival.
  • ALL women are at risk for breast cancer.
  • Although rare, young women can and do get breast cancer, even in their 20s.
  • Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women under age 40.

Take care of your life

1. Know your risk

  • Talk to your family to learn about your family health history
  • Talk to your doctor about your personal risk of breast cancer

2. Get screened

  • Ask your doctor which screening tests are right for you if you are at a higher risk
  • Have a mammogram (ultrasound or X-Ray examination of breast) every year starting at age 40 if you are at average risk
  • Have a clinical breast exam at least every 3 years starting at age 20, and every year starting at age 40

3. Know what is normal for you

The signs of breast cancer are not the same for all women. It is important to know how your breasts normally look and feel. If you notice any change, see your health care provider.

See your health care provider if you notice any of these breast changes:

  • Lump, hard knot or thickening inside the breast or underarm area
  • Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening of the breast
  • Change in the size or shape of the breast
  • Dimpling or puckering of the skin
  • Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple
  • Pulling in of your nipple or other parts of the breast
  • Nipple discharge that starts suddenly
  • New pain in one spot that does not go away

4. Make healthy lifestyle choices

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Add exercise into your routine
  • Limit alcohol & smoke intake
  • Limit menopausal hormone use
  • Breastfeed, if you can