The Facts about Breast Health
Breast cancer is the cause of death of approximately 40,000 women every year. Understanding the facts about breast cancer can help women make informed decisions about their breast health and overall well-being. Here are some of the most common ones.
|Breast cancer always comes in the form of a lump. ||You may still have breast cancer even if you don't feel a lump. Lumps are just one sign of breast cancer, women should also look for swelling, skin irritation or dimpling of the breast; breast or nipple pain; nipple retraction; or redness of the breast.|
|A negative mammogram means I am not at risk.||Despite their importance for breast cancer screening and diagnosis, mammograms may fail to detect breast cancers. This is why clinical breast exams are important along with women having breast "self awareness". |
|My weight doesn't increase my risk of breast cancer. ||Unfortunately, being overweight does increase your risk for breast cancer, especially if you're past menopause or gained the weight later in life.|
|I don't have a family history of breast cancer, so I'm not at risk of getting it.||Only about 5 - 10% of breast cancers are thought to be hereditary. Lifestyle and environmental factors can also be risk factors for breast cancer.|
|Breast cancer can be prevented. |
Breast cancer cannot be prevented, but you can take three important steps to help detect it early:
- Conduct regular breast self-exams
- Have a physical every year which includes a clinical breast exam
- Schedule an annual mammogram after age 40
|I have no risk factors for breast cancer so shouldn't worry about my breast health.||The fact is that as many as 60 - 70% of women diagnosed with breast cancer did not have any known risk factors.|
Why Choose UTMB Health?
Is it time for your annual mammogram? Do you want to know if you’re genetically at greater risk for breast cancer? Have you been diagnosed with breast cancer?
Regardless of your breast health needs, by choosing UTMB Health: