How to Raise Breast Cancer Awareness
How do I know if I belong to a high risk group?
Any woman that has at least one family member with a diagnosed breast cancer before menopause belongs to a high risk group of people. These women should attend the mammography examinations as soon as they reach 25.Women that do not belong to a high risk group should consult their doctor as soon as they reach their 40s.
Can contraceptive pills increase the risk of breast cancer?
The correlation between anti-baby pills and breast cancer is very poor. It is true that higher doses of estrogen increase the risk but today’s pills contain a lot less estrogen than before. However, consuming these pills to alleviate the pre-menopausal symptoms is not recommended because this is the high-risk period for breast cancer. Every woman should consult her doctor before taking these pills.
Should perform the exam myself?
Knowing how to examine yourself cannot do any harm. In fact, studies have shown that raising self examination awareness did not reduce the mortality rate so it is an optional thing these days. On the other hand, getting to know tour own body is still a good thing but this doesn’t mean that you should visit a doctor.
Does our diet and exercise affect the risk?
The proper diet and regular exercise will not completely remove the risk of gaining breast cancer but this can surely diminish the risk. The research has shown that a lot of nutrients have the preventive effects for breast cancer. However, the studies shown that consuming alcohol every day can increase this risk.
What is the difference between the screening and diagnostic mammogram?
Screening mammography is recording healthy breasts in order to detect any sign of breast cancer. On the other hand, diagnostic mammogram is preformed when a suspicious area is discovered. Screening captures both breasts, while the diagnostic mammography focuses on a certain point, usually a place that your doctor felt a kind of a lump or a change observed while screening.
How often does a screening mammogram reveal suspicious changes?
Approximately 10 percent of women need to come back for further examination after screening. Only 8 to 10 percent of these women are sent to biopsy and 80 percent of biopsies show benign changes. Also, keep in mind that screening mammography often gives false positive results.
Can radiation during mammography tests cause cancer?
The chances that a mammography will increase the risk of breast cancer are minimal. It is a lot more likely that it will detect cancer and thus save your life. Mammography uses a very low dosage of radiation which is even safe for pregnant women if necessary. In this case a protection is placed over the abdomen for safety reasons.
How to make people more aware of this problem?
Media is certainly the most influential way to inform people about the seriousness of breast cancer. Unfortunately, media will persuade only a small number of people to visit their doctor regularly. A lot of people have busy and stressful jobs and they think less about their health. If you have a company that makes cosmetic or food product you can print a message on the label of your product and participate in the breast cancer awareness month. You can make promotional stands with these promotional items on fairs, festivals and other events. In order to get noticed you need get in touch with some local media that can announce your actions. This can also be done with social networks which is proven to be a good way to spread the word fast.