SESAI carries out awareness actions aimed at fighting breast câncer
Secretariat reinforces the importance of self-care and health education strategies in the villages
Raise awareness among the indigenous population and promote information about the importance of breast cancer control. This is the objective of Pink October, an international movement created in the 90´s with the purpose of reducing the incidence and mortality of women due to the disease.
During the month of October, the Special Secretariat of Indigenous Health (SESAI), through the 34 Special Indigenous Sanitary Districts (DSEI) will carry out actions to reinforce among the indigenous community the early detection of the symptoms of the disease, such as:
• Encourage indigenous women to seek the health team whenever they notice any alteration in their breasts;
• Perform consultations, where referrals are made to women aged 50 to 69 years for mammography, according to the recommended periodicity;
• Articulation and capacity of the referral network and evaluation of the risks and benefits involved, considering the epidemiological scenario of Covid-19 in the local context;
In the opportunity, strategies to identify cervical cancer are also reinforced through awareness-raising about the disease and the collection of the Papanicolau exam (preventive cervical exam) for women who are indicated. SESAI has been working to qualify the monitoring of disease prevention actions, specific protection and health promotion for indigenous women:
• Over the last 3 (three) years, actions have been intensified to train the teams in area, increase the work force in the base poles; direct acquisition of preventive exam kits and intensification of health education activities and vaccination against HPV.
• In April of this year, SESAI established a partnership with the Brazilian Society of Pathology in order to guarantee the analysis of the cytopathological exams and the laboratory results, prioritizing indigenous women from 19 DSEI of the North region with the objective of strengthening the tracking and prevention of cervical cancer and also to provide the necessary follow-up to the women who present altered results.
• Throughout the year, but with an even greater emphasis in October, the Multidisciplinary Indigenous Health Teams (EMSI) carry out health education strategies in the villages to recognize the signs of breast cancer," emphasizes Robson Santos da Silva, special secretary of indigenous health.
About Breast Cancer
Breast cancer is a disease caused by the disordered multiplication of abnormal breast cells, which forms a tumor with the potential to invade other organs. It is good to remember that:
• There are several types of breast cancer. Some develop rapidly, while others grow slowly;
• Most cases, when treated properly and in a timely manner, have a good prognosis;
• Breast cancer doesn´t only affect women, it also affects men (more rare); and
• The Unified Health System (SUS) offers treatment for breast cancer in specialized hospitals.
Text: Karina Borges - Nucom/Sesai
Translation: Renata Arruda - Nucom/Sesai