PINKtober - The Month of Breast Cancer Awareness
October 12, 2017 | Abigail Mckay

PINKtober - The Month of Breast Cancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer awareness month – also known as PINKtober. Several cultural taboos are hindering breast cancer awareness in Pakistan. 

Women often do not like open discussion about their breast issues. Breast cancer awareness is the major task, and providing privacy for this discussion is yet another challenge. Several organizations are sharing the awareness programs by displaying pink color on their buildings, lighting, and tying pink ribbons on their arms. 

Females may perform monthly self-breast exams. They should consult their physician at an earliest sign of any palpable swelling (also known as “gilti”). A non-invasive special type of imaging test known as ‘mammogram’ is available at local hospitals and diagnostic centers. Early detection is possible with regular screening, starting at age 40-50 years. Let’s join hands and bringing this awareness to every woman in Pakistan

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Abigail Mckay

Abigail has been a nurse for five years, and throughout her time as a nurse, she has worked in multiple medical-surgical units as well as spent time in the infusion therapy clinic and endoscopy lab. She is passionate about preventative medicine through patient education regarding nutrition and exercise. Due to her passion, Abigail has gone on to earn two certifications including a certification in medical-surgical nursing (CMSRN) and a certification in holistic nursing (HNB-BC), in hopes of being able to better serve her patients. Abigail earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA and now bettering patient education in the healthcare system through partnering with American TelePhysicians.