Breast Cancer Myths: 4 Common Misconceptions About Breast Cancer by Joyce Knestrick, CRNP, FAANP

Cancer Women's Health
6 months ago

Breast Cancer Myths: 4 Common Misconceptions About Breast Cancer

How much do you know about breast cancer? This year, an estimated 297,790 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., and many will be completely blindsided by the news.

To help put your breast cancer risk in perspective, here are four big myths unveiled:

  1. Breast cancer doesn’t run in my family, so my risk is low. Almost 90 percent of women diagnosed have no family history. Instead, the biggest risk factor is just being a woman, so if you’re approaching 40, get a mammogram.
  2. I can put off my mammogram for six months. Survival rates for the earliest stages of breast cancer are almost 100 percent. By stage III it’s more like 70 percent. Six months is enough time for a negligible lump to develop into something more severe.
  3. Breast cancer mostly affects older women. Yes, risk increases with age, but that doesn’t mean younger women don’t need to be concerned. Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women ages 15 to 39.
  4. Breast cancer is the biggest threat to women. Women are more afraid of breast cancer than of any other illness, but heart disease kills more women than all other cancers combined.

With awareness comes power, so understand the risks, meet with your nurse practitioner and together, make a plan to beat the odds.

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Elisa Schmitz
Oh my goodness, thus is really helpful info. Thank you for dispelling the myths, Joyce Knestrick, CRNP, FAANP !
Get your mammograms, ladies! 🌷
Thank you for the important reminders.
Julio Caro
Thank you for the important reminders.

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