BE AWARE: BREAST CANCER – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW!
LEARN THE FACTS FROM FICTION
#1 FACT – DO NOT THINK ALL BREAST LUMPS ARE CANCEROUS – 80% ARE NOT!
report any changes to your doctor immediately.
#2 FACT – WOMEN WITH LUMPY BREASTS (also known as fibrocystic breast changes)
DO NOT HAVE A HIGHER RISK OF DEVELOPING BREAST CANCER
#3 FACT – LOOK FOR SIGNS THAT MAY INDICATE BREAST CANCER BEFORE A LUMP IS FOUND
These include swelling;
skin irritation or dimpling;
breast or nipple pain;
thickening of the nipple or breast skin;
Underarm lymph nodes and swelling
#4 FACT – THE STATEMENT THAT ALL WOMEN HAVE A 1-IN-8 CHANCE OF GETTING BREAST CANCER IS NOT COMPLETELY ACCURATE.
The reality is your risk increases as you get older. A woman’s chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer is about 1 in 233 when she’s in her 30s and only rises to 1 in 8 when she’s reached 85.
#5 FACT – A FAMILY HISTORY OF BREAST CANCER INCREASES THE RISK OF A WOMAN GETTING BREAST CANCER,
The family-history risks are these:
If a first-degree relative (a parent, sibling, or child) has had or has breast cancer, your risk of developing the disease approximately doubles. Having two first-degree relatives with the disease increases your risk even more.
#6 FACT – – BREAST CANCER HISTORY IN YOUR FATHER’S FAMILY IS AS IMPORTANT TO A WOMEN’S RISK OF DEVELOPING BREAST CANCER AS HER MOTHER’S FAMILY HISTORY
#7 FACT – THERE ARE HUGE BENEFITS FROM REGULAR MAMMOGRAM SCREENING.
Mammograms can detect lumps before they can be felt, and the earlier lumps are found the better chances for survival or cure. All studies show that following the screening mammogram guidelines is the most effective thing a woman can do to reduce her chances of dying of breast cancer.
#8 FACT- SADLY, BREAST CANCER IS NOT PREVENTABLE
Although it is possible to identify risk factors (such as family history and inherited gene mutations) and make lifestyle changes that can lower your risk (reducin
g or eliminating alcohol consumption, losing weight, getting regular exercise and screenings, and quitting smoking), roughly 70% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no identifiable risk factors, meaning that the disease occurs largely by chance and according to as-yet-unexplained factors.
Currently the best we can do is early diagnosis via patient self-examination, regular physician examinations, and strictly following the guidelines for screening mammography
#9 MYTH / NOT TRUE:
Annual mammograms expose you to so much radiation that they increase your risk of cancer.
Reality: the amount is so small that any associated risks are tiny when compared to the huge preventive benefits reaped from the test.
#10 MYTH / NOT TRUE: :
Breast implants can raise your cancer risk.
Reality: Women with breast implants are at no greater risk of getting breast cancer
#11 MYTH / NOT TRUE:
Only women with a family history of breast cancer are at risk.
Reality: Roughly 70% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no identifiable risk factors for the disease.
#12 MYTH / NOT TRUE:
Small-breasted women have less chance of getting breast cancer.
Reality: There’s no connection between the size of your breasts and your risk of getting breast cancer.
#13 MYTH / NOT TRUE:
Having an abortion raises your risk of getting breast cancer.