Breaking Breast Cancer Myths
October 3, 2005 - According to the American Cancer Society, more than 270,000 women are expected to suffer from breast cancer this year. About one third of those women are expected to die.
On the very first Monday of October National Breast Cancer Awareness Month - Good Morning America and Self magazine joined efforts to help shatter some common breast cancer myths. Lucy Danziger, editor-in-chief of Self magazine, emphasized the following breast cancer myths:
Fathers family history isnt important - A diagnosis in your fathers family is as vital as one on your mothers side. Heredity is often blamed for any breast cancer diagnoses that occur before menopause.
Breast cancer is always hereditary - In fact, less than 10-percent of breast cancer diagnoses can be blamed on genetics. So in addition to keeping your doctor informed about any family history of breast cancer, you also need to get a mammogram yearly, once you reach the age of 40.
Mastectomy is a must to treat breast cancer A breast cancer patient only undergoes mastectomy when the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes. Lumpectomy and radiation are also effective measures used to control the growth of cancer cells.
Mammograms can prevent breast cancer Although getting yearly mammograms is after the age of 40, you should be getting them earlier if you have family history of breast cancer.
Deodorants cause cancer - This is a myth. Although, dont wear deodorant when undergoing a mammogram, as it can be seen on the screen during the test and may cause confusion for specialist.
Breast cancer means death - The survival rate for breast cancer is as high as 98-percent, when the cancer is limited to the breast only and is detected early on. Once breast cancer is diagnosed at the early stage, women still have plenty of time to gather information, educate themselves and make treatment decisions.
Source: ABC News