¿What is breast cancer?

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It is a group of abnormal cells that grow and develop out of control, forming a mass or tumor.These malignants cells can be self-sufficient and have the ability to divide, grow and invade tissues. Breast cancer occurs in most cases in women, but men can also suffer from it.

Breast or breast cancer is a malignant tumor that originates in breast cells. A malignant tumor is a group of cancer cells that can grow by invading the surrounding tissues and that can spread or metastasize to distant areas of the body. This disease occurs usually in women, but men can also suffer.


  • Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS):_is considered a non-invasive or pre-invasive breast cancer that is, the cells that cover the ducts have changed and look like cancer cells. The difference between DCIS and invasive cancer is that the cells have not spread through the walls of the ducts to the tissue surrounding the breast. Because it has not spread, this type of cancer cannot metastasize outside the breast.
  • Invasive or ductal infiltrating carcinoma:_invasive or ductal infiltrating carcinoma is the most common type of breast cancer. This cancer begins in a milk duct of the breast. Penetrates through the canal wall and grows in the adipose tissue of the breast. At this point you may have the ability to spread to other parts of the body.
  • Lobular Carcinoma Invasive or infiltrating:_starts in milk producing glands or lobules. This type of cancer can also spread to other parts of the body and may be more difficult to detect by mammogram than invasive ductal carcinoma.

¿How to take care of your breasts?

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These three easy steps could save your life:

1. Breast self-examination:

Make sure to do it eight days after you got your period, and in case your dont have your period anymore pick the same date every month.

2. Annual medical check:

After your twenties, make sure to have medical checks annually, not just the breast, but around (armpits and side back) ask your doctor about an unusual thing.

3. Specialized examinations:

Ultrasound: women over 35 years

Mammography: women older than 45 years.

Magnetic resonance: only when the doctor requests them.

How can I have access to the patient programs?

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If you are patient or care giver, you can apply to all of our services for free. Monday to Friday 9 am/4pm. For more information you can call us: (+571) 610 3912 office hours.

¿How can i get a conference about breast cancer awareness at my school, or work place?

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If you wish to inform and educate others and yourself about prevention and knowledge of  breast cáncer in your workplace or at your school you can check our schedulle by calling us at the PBX: (+571) 610 3912 during the working day, or write to us at: programas@amese.org.

¿What are the rights and duties of  the patient diagnosed with breast cancer?

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To receive an oncology treatment, these guarantees are protected in Colombia by law 1384 of 2010 (Sandra Ceballos law), this INTEGRAL treatment must be:


  • Appropriate and timely.
  • Complemented with psycho-social support.
  • Include all medications ordered by your treating doctor.
  • Be except for co-payments, because cancer is a high-cost disease.
  • Include palliative care treatments for pain control.
  • In cases of urgency, they must be attended immediately.


Once initiated the treatment should not be interrupted for any administrative reason by the health service, public or private.


  • Take care of your own health, exercising self-care activities.
  • Provide accurate information about your health condition and treatments.
  • Comply with the ordered treatments and care that your illness requires.
  • Make rational use of the resources offered by health.
  • Be informed of health services, institutions that provide services and timely comply with scheduled medical appointments.
  • Treat staff members of health institutions with kindness and respect.
  • Respect the privacy, religious beliefs of other patients and their families.


SOURCE: International Agency for Research on Cancer 2018/Globocan 2018

¿What is the incidence and mortality of cancer in Colombia?.

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According to Globocan 2014, figures published in 2018:


  • 18.1 million new cases of cancer.
  • 9.6 million annual deaths.
  • 13 million deaths are estimated for 2023.
  • 1 in 5 men and 1 in 6 women develop cancer during their lifetime.
  • 1 in 8 men and 1 in 11 women die.


  • 101.893 new cases diagnosed every year.
  • 46.057 deaths each year.
  • First cause of death before the age 70.
  • 96 people die every day due to this cause.


  • First cause of illness and death in Colombian women.
  • 13.380 new cases diagnosed per year.
  • 3.700 deaths each year.

How can i become Volunteer?

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  • Every last Thursday of every month in our office at 11:00am (Street 95 # 13-55 - office 304 / Bogotá.you can join us to an informative talk called  ¿WHAT IS AMESE?  That way you can find out how to help.

    Sign Up: link.

 ¿How can i donate hair for wigs?

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  • Go with your hair dresser for a neat haircut.
  • It can be virgin hair, or with some process (dyed hair, chemical straightened).
  • Tie up the hair with a pony tail, or braid it.
  • Each piece must be at least 10 inches (25 centimeters)
  • The hair must be dry and clean when cut.
  • It has to come with a minimal contribution of $2 dollars ($5.000 COP) to make the wig.
  • Copy of your ID.
  • The hair can be personally delivered Thursdays and Tuesdays, or it can be mailed with all your personal information to our address: Street 95 # 13-55 office 304 / Bogotá. Zip code 110221

For more information we will happily answer all your questions! Give us a call us at the PBX: (+571) 610 3912 during the working day, or write to us at: programas@amese.org.

How can I have a wig from the wig bank?

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This service is for every patient that has hair loss because of the treatment, and even for any other cause.

Requirements to obtain a wig:

  • $ 30,000 representing a donation.
  • Medical document certifying your diagnosis.
  • Copy of your ID.
  • Any utility Bill.

 This wig bank Works thanks to:

  • Hair donor, to make a wig, is required 400 grams of hair, that is, at least 5 hair donors.
  • Professional stylists, who manufacture and perform the maintenance of wigs.
  • Patient, who with his donation of $ 30,000 benefits during the medical treatment, which in turn, can voluntarily return the wig when the treatment ends so that another patient who also requires it.
  • AMESE, facilitates the processes so that (1) the patient improves their quality of life, (2) the hair donor is happy to make his contribution and (3) the stylists contribute their professional knowledge selflessly.

What it takes to make a wig:

  • A minimum 400grs of hair that is equivalent to five donors.
  • A hairdresser willing to make the wig especially for cancer patients.
  • Supplies.

For more information we will happily answer all your questions! Give us a call us at the PBX: (+571) 610 3912 during the working day, or write to us at: programas@amese.org.

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