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Breast cancer awareness; a simple needle test goes a long way in saving lives

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Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women across the globe. National cancer incidence data (Sri Lanka) has shown, a significant increase in the number of breast cancer patients. The peak incidence of breast cancer is between 50 – 58 years of age (can vary from country to country).

Risk factors:

1. Age – Peak incidence of breast cancer is between 50 – 58 years of age. The incidence of breast cancer decreases after 60 years. Breast cancer is uncommon in women less than 30 years of age.

2. Family history – Women who have a first-degree relative with breast carcinoma have a two to three times higher risk of getting t

he disease than that of the general population.

3. Genetic mutations – Germline mutations of BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are associated with an increased risk of having breast cancer.

4. Menstrual and reproductive history – Increased risk is correlated with early menarche (beginning of menstrual cycles), nulliparity, late age at first birth and late menopause.

5. Exogenous oestrogen – Exogenous oestrogen is considered as a risk factor of breast cancer.

6. Ionizing radiation – An increased risk of breast cancer has been documented with exposure to ionizing radiation.

7. Alcohol consumption

8. Cigarette smoking

9. Obesity

10. Lack of physical exercise

However, in most cases a definitive cause for breast cancer cannot be identified. It is important to know that you can get breast cancer without having any of the above mentioned risk factors. Why it happened and how it happened may not be clear at all times. Do not blame yourself, it is not due to your fault. It can happen to anyone… rich or poor, big or small, black or white. Do not let breast cancer destroy your life. If you come early the disease can be controlled. Be knowledgeable about the symptoms of breast cancer. If you feel something is not right, without taking it lightly resort to medical advice.

Symptoms:

There is a wide range of symptoms that can vary from person to person

Breast lump (usually painless), hardness or thickening

Skin changes that include swelling, redness, pitting (skin of an orange), scaling or any other noticeable change

An increase in the size or change in the shape of the breast

Changes in the appearance of the nipple (s), peeling of skin over the nipple

Discharge from the nipple (other than milk)

Pain in any part of the breast

Lumps/ swelling in the arm pit

However, it is important to understand that early breast cancer may not show any of the above symptoms. You may not feel a lump at all. Only way to detect early cancer is by a screening method and currently the widely acknowledged approach has been screening mammography. By this screening method unsuspected lumps in asymptomatic women can be identified. Breast cancer screening using mammograms is a well- established program in the developed world. Women over 45-50 years of age are recommended for screening. The cut off age for screening can vary from country to country. If there is a strong family history of breast cancer (or any other significant risk factor) screening will be offered at an earlier age. Mammogram exposes the breasts to a small amount of radiation. Benefits of breast screening by mammogram are far too many. We do not have a national breast cancer screening programme yet, but it will come in to place in the near future.

There is a simple needle test (fine needle aspiration cytology technique) that can be done as a first line investigation for breast lumps. It is a minimally invasive procedure with hardly any complications. It is cost effective and the results can be obtained quickly. Needle test can give a clue as to the nature of the lump. Sometimes the needle test results can be inconclusive. In those instances, further investigations will be done to confirm the diagnosis.



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Chic ways to style a scarf

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Scarves are simple yet highly versatile accessories that can change your look entirely.If you didn’t know how to style them, it’s time you learn to.Are you just familiar with the good old simple loop? Well, move ahead and acquaint yourself with these five amazing scarf styles.All you need is a scarf and your million-dollar smile to go with you.

Cowl neck

First, take the scarf around your neck, and then loop one end around the neck again.Even out the ends and tie a half knot, so you have two loops around your neck.Now bring forth the smooth loop to cover up the knot.Adjust the loops to create a desirable volume for the scarf.You can wear this style on an everyday basis.

Neck tie

This perky look will surely turn many heads!

Take a scarf around your neck in such a manner that one end is longer than the other.Loop the longer end twice around your neck.Then with the ends create a half knot on the side and lay it out loose and breezy.This style is perfect for a date.

Head wrap

This is a very stylish way to cover your head, protect it from the sun and look fabulous.To create this look, fold an oblong scarf in half.Place it over your head in a way that the center part is at your forehead.Tie a half knot at the back.With a longer scarf, you can also tie the ends over the forehead.

Choker

Fold a silk scarf into a triangle and give it a gentle roll-up.Now wrap this around your neck, and secure it with a knot on the side.Make sure to leave some breathing space.For a longer scarf, try the necklace effect by wrapping the longer end twice around the neck, leaving the other end on the side.

The kimono

If your scarf is a square one then try this for sure.Take two adjacent corners of the scarf and tie them in small tight knots.Tie the same knot with the other corners and you will have a rectangle.Now wrap the scarf around your shoulders, by using the loops created by the knots as armholes and wear it like a jacket!

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Everlasting Confidence leaves lasting impression on future brides and grooms

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Everlasting confidence by Chrystell luxury bridal is an interactive, dynamic and exciting event. With expert ambassadors, celebrating designers and a plethora of brands, this was the only event where visitors could access their aspirations.

Christell Luxury Bridal (Luxury Wellness) namely ’Everlasting Confidence.’was one of-a-kind wedding event which was held recently at One Galle Face, with the intention to instill in brides and grooms-to-be lasting confidence for a healthy and blissful married life.

The prestigious two-day event saw the participation of some of the wedding and beauty industry’s most reputed players, who helped engaged couples with not just planning their special day, but also securing their ‘happily ever afters.’

At this event couples were able to meet with –and even book- florists, event planners, photographers, stylists, nutritionists, jewellers and skincare experts, and also attend pre-marital mental health and wellness programs, fitness planning sessions, vitamin check-ups, cosmetic dentistry consultations, and many more.

Most anticipated on the impressive agenda were the skin and hair care consultations by Prof. Ramani and Dr. Shanika Arsecularatne, hair and makeup advice by industry veteran Ramani Fernando, and grooming and etiquette workshops by Fowzul Hameed.

The participating vendors included The Cutting Station, Ramani Fernando Salons, Jetwing Colombo, Dhanushka Senadeera Photography, One’Dulani Photography, Dammika De Alwis Studio, Tilesh, Raja Jewellers, Buddhi Batiks, Hameedia, OLIVE Couture, Dr. Shaamil Navaratnaraja, Lassana Flora, Hehsantha Fernando, Weddings by Suranga Fernando and LOVI Ceylon.Following their success of inaugural wedding expo, now hopes to make this a permanent feature on their event calendar.

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An Evening of Conversation and Tea with Jetwing Hotels

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In line with the pioneering hospitality company’s spirit of celebrating the best of Sri Lanka, Jetwing Hotels, in partnership with the Ceylon Artisanal Tea Association (CATA) launched a range of unique artisanal teas at its hotels and resorts across the island with an evening of brewing demonstrations, tea-infused cocktails, and conversation at the brand’s Colombo hotel, Jetwing Colombo Seven on the 5th of September 2022.

 Speaking at the event Hiran Cooray, Chairman of Jetwing Symphony PLC stated that although Sri Lanka produces some of the finest teas in the world, the country has failed to capitalize on the potential of its golden export and the growing demand for single-estate, hand-crafted products. He continued further saying that having experienced the flavour and quality of the hand-crafted teas and tisanes produced by the members of the Ceylon Artisanal Tea Association, Jetwing Hotels would be rolling out the product to guests across its portfolio.

 Udena Wickramasooriya, founder of Kaley Tea presenting at the launch said the Ceylon Artisanal Tea Association is a group of like-minded, independent tea estates across the island, growing tea in a variety of climates, environments, and terroirs which imbues the tea leaves with distinct flavours and fragrances, highly sought after by discerning tea drinkers across the world. Jetwing Hotels has partnered with three of the Association’s estates – Kaley, Forest Hill, and Amba.

 A live brewing and tea-tasting experience followed the presentations where four artisanal teas were served to invitees with carefully paired canapes, with an expert curation by Simon Bell, president of the Ceylon Artisanal Tea Association. The event concluded with an evening of tea-infused cocktails with a creative twist such as Sunshine Sour which used Kaley Tea’s Orange Sunshine and “Kurunduwatta”, featuring Forest Hill Tea’s iconic Wild Cinnamon mixed with vodka and a homemade cinnamon syrup.

Family owned and in the tourism industry for nearly 50 years, Jetwing Hotels has surpassed expectation at every aspect. Building on their foundation of being passionate, as well as the experience of true, traditional Sri Lankan hospitality, constantly pioneering discoveries captures the essence of the brand. Such a strong statement and direction have enabled Jetwing Hotels to imagine, create and manage marvels and masterpieces, where distinctive design and elegant comfort complement each other and the environment. In line with the Jetwing Hotels Sustainable Strategy, across all properties sustainable and responsible practices are given precedence with resource efficiency, community upliftment and education, and awareness being some of our key focus areas.

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