One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF). In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, here is a list of questions answered about the disease per the NBCF.
Q1: Can a healthy diet help to prevent breast cancer?
A1: A low-fat diet (30 grams or less) with plenty of fruits and green and orange vegetables can contribute to reducing the developing breast cancer.
Q2: Is there a link between oral contraceptives and breast cancer?
A2: There is an increased likelihood of breast cancer for women who have been using birth control pills for more than five years. However due to the low amount of hormones in birth control pills today, the risk is relatively small.
Q3: Does a family history of breast cancer put someone at a higher risk?
A3: Although women who have a family history of breast cancer are in a higher risk group, most women who have breast cancer have no family history. Statistically, only 5-10% of individuals diagnosed with breast cancer have a family history of this disease.
Q4: How often should I go to my doctor for a check-up?
A4: You should have a physical every year which should include a clinical breast exam and pelvic exam. If any unusual symptoms or changes in your breasts occur before your scheduled visit, do not hesitate to see the doctor immediately.
Q5: How often should I do a breast self-exam?
A5: Give yourself a breast self-exam once a month. Look for any changes in breast tissue, such as changes in size, feeling a palpable lump, dimpling, or puckering of the breast, inversion of the nipple, redness or scaliness of the breast skin, redness or scaliness of the nipple/areola area, or discharge of secretions from the nipple.
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