LEARN THE FACTS FROM FICTION
#1 FACT - DO NOT THINK ALL BREAST LUMPS ARE CANCEROUS - 80% ARE NOT!
FACT: Because catching breast cancer early is so beneficial 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 - BE AWARE OF OTHER SIGNS THAT MAY INDICATE BREAST CANCER BEFORE A LUMP CAN BE FOUND
Women should also be on the alert for other kinds of changes that may be signs of cancer. These include swelling; skin irritation or dimpling; breast or nipple pain; nipple retraction (turning inward); redness, scaliness, or thickening of the nipple or breast skin; or a discharge. Underarm lymph nodes and swelling can occur before a tumor in the breast is large enough to be felt.
#4 FACT - THE STATEMENT THAT ALL WOMEN HAVE A 1-IN-8 CHANCE OF GETTING BREAST CANCER IS NOT COMPLETELY ACCURATE.
FACT: 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
FACT: 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 JUST AS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTANDING A WOMEN'S RISK OF DEVELOPING BREAST CANCER AS HER MOTHER'S FAMILY HISTORY
#7 FACT - THERE ARE HUGE BENEFITS REAPED FROM REGULAR MAMMOGRAM SCREENING. MAMMOGRAMS CAN DETECT LUMPS BEFORE THEY CAN BE FELT, AND THE EARLIER LUMPS ARE FOUND THE BETTER CHANCES ONE'S CHANCE OF SURVIVAL.
For the most recent screening guidelines GO TO: http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/20/health/new-acs-breast-cancer-screening-guidelines/index.html
#8 FACT SADLY, BREAST CANCER IS NOT PREVENTABLE
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Having an abortion raises your risk of getting breast cancer.CREDIT: This Blog Article was exerpted and modified by Murray Bruder MD, Associate Broker Steinborn and Associates Real Esate. The original article is from health.com in an article entitled: "25 Breast Cancer Myths Busted - Health Mobile" - No Author Attributed- The original article is available at:http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20533364,00.html