Facts you should know about breast cancer
BATON ROUGE - According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation only a small percentage of breast lumps actually turn out to be cancer.
Myths about breast cancer can create more anxiety about being tested. Doctors say face your fear, and take charge of your health.
Here are a few myths that are dispelled by the Breast Cancer Foundation:
Men do not get breast cancer. This is false. In fact the Breast Cancer Foundation says each year it is estimated nearly two thousand men will be diagnosed. Though the number may be small, men should do a self-exam just like women. It is as easy as pressing and feeling for changes in the breast with two fingers. With men, breast cancer is usually detected as a hard lump underneath the nipple.
If you have a family history of breast cancer, you are likely to develop the cancer too. The foundation says those patients are at an increased risk group, but add most women that have breast cancer have no family history of the family history. Statistics point to only ten percent of those diagnosed with the disease have a family history.
Doctors say the best way to take care of yourself is by getting yearly mammograms at the age of 40 and every year after that.
Self-exams should be done on a monthly basis, in order to track changes in your body.