5 Important Facts About Breast Cancer

(Originally Posted on Oct 20, 2015)

There’s a lot of information out there about breast cancer and it can be overwhelming when you’re learning about the disease. However, it’s important that you take the time to learn about the causes because the more knowledge you have, the better you’ll be able to prevent and fight breast cancer. Here we look at 5 important facts about breast cancer that you should know. 

#1: The size of your breasts don’t matter

Some people might believe that those with larger breasts are more prone to breast cancer, but this just isn’t the case. Women of all breast sizes need to take care and get their regular mammograms and make their routine appointments to their gynecologists. While it is not as common, even men can get breast cancer. So next time you hear someone say they aren’t worried about breast cancer because of the size of their breasts, let them know it’s just as important for them to get checked out as the rest of us.

#2: You don’t have to have a family history to get breast cancer

If you have a history of breast cancer in your family, you’ll want to take extra precautions such as scheduling earlier mammograms and talking to your gynecologists about early prevention measures you can take. However, you don’t have to have a family history to get breast cancer. It is unique to each person and many people who suffer from this disease don’t have anyone in their family that has developed it.

#3: A mastectomy isn’t always the answer if you’re high risk

Some women who are at a high risk for breast cancer will want to have both breasts removed to ensure that they are safe from it spreading. This is a personal choice and one that only the person going through the experience can make, but it’s important that you talk to your gynecologist if this is your best option. Listen to all of your options before making any decisions and take your doctors advise into consideration.

#4: Rarely does breast cancer have any symptoms

We all know early detection is the key to surviving breast cancer, so don’t wait for symptoms or signs before taking action. While there are some signs of breast cancer such as swelling, pain in the nipple, and discharge, you shouldn’t wait for those symptoms to occur before taking proactive steps to detect cancer.

#5: There are more survivors of breast cancer now because of early detection

Before we started paying close attention to the importance of early detection, women just weren’t aware of the difference it could make for survival. Many lives have been saved because of breast cancer awareness month, charity walks, and people speaking out about this disease. Staying strong and informed together is a key to finding a cure and keeping women healthy.

Palm Beach Obstetrics & Gynecology welcomes any questions you have about breast cancer or other women’s health topics. Contact us today at 561-434-0111 to schedule an appointment at our Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, or Lake Worth locations. Our friendly staff always looks forward to your phone calls and visits.

Dr. Lorna Williams

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