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Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Beat it With Early Detection

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As October is coming to an end, we want to shed the light on a topic of great significance that you should be aware of, not just this month but all year long.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and before it comes to an end, we want to remind you of why early detection is everything!

The annual international campaign that takes place every October aims at educating more women about breast cancer, as well as raising funds for further research to study the illness.

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women worldwide, with at least 2.1 million women affected each year and the aim here is to limit this number as much as possible!

Risk factors include a family history of breast cancer and genetic mutations. Some harmful habits like smoking and obesity could be of lifestyle factors.

The good news is that most women can beat the cancer if it’s detected and treated early. What follows is what you need to know about the sickness and early diagnosis.

Beat the Disease With Early Diagnosis

Screening and early detections can help you beat the disease. It’s crucial to do exams and tests before even showing any symptoms, you don’t want to wait for them to show.

According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, when breast cancer is detected early and hasn’t spread to anywhere else in the body, the 5-year relative survival rate is 99 percent.

The cancer found during these early screenings are more likely to minimal and still to confined to the breast. The next step would be to determine the size of the cancer and how far it has spread to predict the prognosis (outlook) of a woman with this disease.

What Should You Do?

Make no excuses! Talk to health care providers about the risk factors, understand the frequency of receiving mammograms, and it’s your role to advice older family members to do screenings and tests.

Lower your risk of getting the cancer by staying within a healthy weight and be physically active. Avoid alcohol and choose to breast-feed, quit smoking and vaping.

How To Perform a Breast Self-Exam?

In the shower, in front of a mirror or laying down, use the flats of your 3 middle fingers and check the entire beast along with the armpit area, press down with light, medium, and firm pressure.

Check both breasts each month feeling for any lump, thickening, hardened knot, or any other breast changes.

If you or someone you care about want to do an early checkup, visit Baheya’s Facebook page to learn more about the foundation.

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U.K. Becomes First Country to Approve Pfizer/ BioNTech Vaccine

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The United Kingdom became the first country today to formally approve both Pfizer and BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, something that is considered as a huge milestone in the battle against the virus.

The UK had ordered 40 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, and it will be rolled out from early next week. The quantity is enough for just under a third of the population as two shots of the jab are needed per person to provide immunity.

It is said that this will be just enough for health workers and the elderly, as they come at the top of the priority list.

The doses will be rolled out as quickly as they can be made by Pfizer in Belgium, Mr Hancock said, with the first load next week and then “several millions” throughout December.

“For so long we’ve been saying that if a vaccine is developed, then things will get better in 2021, and now we can say when this vaccine is rolled out things will get better,” British Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the BBC.

This is has given us much hope, as it will pave the way towards the vaccination.

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Pharmaceutical company ‘Pharco’ to Locally Manufacture the Covid-19 Vaccine

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Pharmaceutical company ‘Pharco’ is planning on locally manufacturing the novel Covid-19 vaccine, with the aim of exporting it to Africa, head of the firm, Sherin Helmy announced on Monday.

“We have been working on finding more than one alternative for anti-Covid-19 vaccines in Egypt since the outbreak of the pandemic so we can negotiate the price later. If the coronavirus wave exacerbated, the wealthy countries will be the most demanding and competing over the vaccines. Hence, it was important for Egypt to diversify the sources of treatments between China and Russia,” Helmy told Youm7.

She also explained that around 70% of drugs that are used in Africa are imported, which costs a lot of the hard currency. This brings the need for agreements with African nations to establish pharmaceutical plants on their own territories.

So far, the company has 7 pharmaceutical plants in Egypt, one of then is near the Egyptian-Japanese University in Alexandria.

The company has already succeeded in manufacturing the drugs used in treating Hepatitis C, which helped in treating millions of patients.

It has also established the first factory in Egypt for locally manufacturing raw pharmaceutical materials.

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Egypt Secures a Share From the Covid-19 Vaccine

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Hope rose when pharmaceutical giant Pfizer announced that its Covid-19 vaccine has shown great effectiveness even better than what experts predicted and with such great news, Egypt officials came to assure the public that Egypt will be among the first countries to get its hand on the vaccine once approved.

Gehan Al-Assal, deputy head of the Health Ministry’s Scientific Committee to Combat Coronavirus, said that once the vaccine is fully approved, Egypt will be one of the first countries to get the vaccine after passing the third phase of Covid-19 testing.

“Pfizer has to demonstrate the vaccine’s effectiveness on patients, its side effects, and its impact on patients with chronic underlying conditions,” said Al-Assal.

So far, the vaccine has been approved by the World Health Organization, but it’s still waiting for approval from the US Food and Drug Administration. After getting the FDA’s approval in a few days, Egypt will receive a share from the vaccine right away.

“The government has contracted for 30 million doses to be delivered as a first batch,” said Megahed. He noted, however, that it is still too early to determine what kind of vaccine Egypt will use. “The Chinese vaccine has been tried now on more than 45,000 Egyptian volunteers and the results are promising,” Khaled Megahed, official spokesman to the Ministry of Health said.

Also worth mentioning is that according to Minister Hala Zayed, Egypt also reserved 30% from Oxford’s vaccine. She also added that there is no shortage in the medicines that help in fighting off the virus.

Egypt has participated in two clinical trials for Covid-19 vaccines and established are 61 labs for PCR testing for travelers.

So far, everything looks promising and we hope that a vaccine can soon end this fright once and for all.

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