Friday, March 5th, 2010

Breast Cancer: Myths versus Facts

breast cancer logo
Breast cancer is on rise in urban women. Like all cancers, this one too can be cured if detected early. Yet, many myths prevail on the subject. My Health Guardian talks to Dr Siddharth Sahani, leading breast cancer specialist of the town and tells you the truth.

1. Only women with a family history get breast cancer.
Of, the majority of women who get breast cancer, 70% have no family history and majority of them have none of the identifiable risk factors. If you have a family history, your chances are increased of getting breast cancer and you should get screening mammograms done earlier than other women.

2. Only women get breast cancer.
Men do get breast cancer, although it is rare. If you notice a lump that does not go away in your partner’s breast tissue, make sure he sees a doctor.

3. Use of antiperspirants increase risk of breast cancer.
There is no evidence that the active ingredient in antiperspirants, for reducing perspiration from the underarm area, influences breast cancer risk. However, research studies have put antiperspirants under scrutiny particularly in women who are high on risk factors.
4. Birth control pills cause breast cancer.
Modern day birth control pills contain a low dose of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. Many research studies show no association between birth control pills and an increased risk of breast cancer. However, the number of years the pills have been used are under scrutiny by the researchers.
As with any medicine, you have to weigh the risks and benefits and decide what is best for YOU.

5. Breast size affects your risk factor for breast cancer.
There’s no evidence that breast size affects your risk per se, but we do know that in general, obesity increases risk, and dense breasts are at great risk for cancer. Additionally, there is no evidence that having a breast enlargement, with either silicone or saline implants, increases the risk of breast cancer. Women with breast enlargements must still have regular mammogram screenings.
6. Eating a high fat diet increases risk.
Increased calories may raise risk for breast cancer. A high fat diet leads to obesity, which is the the only constant risk factor for breast cancer since the 19th century. A high fibre and protein diet is now recommended.

7. Do not touch cancer because it will flare up.
This is the hugest myth of all. Surgery is the only effective treatment for cancer.

Preventing breast cancer
Prevention is the best cure for breast cancer.
Every month examine your breasts one week after you had your periods. Learn the right technique from your gynaecologist.

Between, 20 to 40 have a clinical exam done by doctor, every year to evaluate your risk factors for breast cancer. After 40, once every three years get mammograms done.  After 40 a mammogram is needed every year for the next 35 years.  Newer ways of screening are being researched. MRI of the breast is not superior to mammography for screening breast cancer.

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInFlattr the authorShare on StumbleUponEmail this to someoneShare on RedditShare on TumblrBuffer this pageDigg thisShare on Google+Pin on Pinterest

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.
© 2014 Guardian Lifecare Private Limited.
Our Other Websites : – Corporate  |  Healthcare Products  |  Blog

Featuring Recent Posts WordPress Widget development by YD