National Breast Cancer Awareness month which began October 1st and ends October 31st, is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease.
One of the mottos of the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. is
Knowledge and early detection saves lives.
According to their website, “1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.” Though scientists are still unable to know what exactly causes this disease in one person and not the others, they have been able to pinpoint risk factors.
WHAT ARE RISK FACTORS OF CONTRACTING BREAST CANCER?
To begin with, a risk factor is something that may increase the chance of getting a disease.
Avoidable Risk Factors
However, there are also risk factors that cannot be avoided such as having a family history of breast cancer.
This is known as genetic risk. Having the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations may increase your odds of developing breast cancer, especially if you have a family history of your parent having this gene. (up to 50% odds)
Though the risk factor testing is not generally covered under your insurance, if you have any of the following, it is likely your insurance company will cover genetic counseling and testing on you as an individual who is at high risk:
Breast cancer diagnosed before age 50
Male breast cancer at any age
Multiple relatives on the same side of the family with breast cancer
Multiple breast cancers in the same woman
Both breast and ovarian cancer in the same woman
Ashkenazi Jewish heritage
The National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. also has a list of myths that should be dispelled here. None of the following causes breast cancer:
Drinking milk - Over many decades, studies have shown that dairy consumption does not increase the risk of breast cancer.
Finding a lump in your breast, though it should be checked, does not necessarily indicate breast cancer.
Contrary to popular thought, men can also get breast cancer.
Mammograms or x-rays do not cause cancer to spread, and is currently the gold standard for testing for cancer.
Breast cancer is not contagious.
Family history of breast cancer does not always mean you will have breast cancer as well.
Antiperspirants and deodorants cause breast cancer: “Researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) are not aware of any conclusive evidence linking the use of underarm antiperspirants or deodorants and the subsequent development of breast cancer.”
OCTOBER 2019 EVENTS:
At the beginning of October, WFTV (Eyewitness 9) posted some of the following activities on their website for Breast Cancer Awareness month (https://www.wftv.com/news/local/breast-cancer-awareness-month-events-happening-across-central-florida/991881123).
Please visit the links in order to get the details for these events:
Kendra Scott Give Back Party – October 20, 2019
Knock out Cancer – October 25, 2019
For additional information on Breast Cancer, you can also contact the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. 1755 Oviedo Mall Blvd Oviedo, FL 32765 321-972-5534
Or visit their website at https://www.floridabreastcancer.org/
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