October – Breast Cancer Awareness Month
White Plains Hospital
October 02, 2018
Separating fact from fiction surrounding breast cancer
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it seems you can’t pick up a magazine or read a post without running into news and advice. So how do you separate the truth from a lot of bad science?
Dr. Preya Ananthakrishnan is the Director of Breast Surgery at White Plains Hospital. She suggests what’s true and what you can stop worrying about.
- Not every lump is breast cancer. Often they turn out to be cysts or benign fibroadenomas (a non-cancerous tumor). But if you do feel something, get it checked out.
- It’s not only your mother’s family history that matters. Since only 15 percent of women who develop breast cancer have a genetic predisposition, you are never at zero risk.
- Mammograms expose you to less radiation than you’d experience just walking around. If your doctor recommends a mammogram, don’t put it off.
- Get the tests your doctor recommends. But also, try to live a healthy lifestyle – lose weight if necessary, exercise regularly, eat right – whole grains, fruits, vegetables – and limit alcohol.
- Even if your breast has been removed, there is still a chance that breast cancer could reappear near the site or somewhere else in your body. So stay connected with your treatment team for routine follow ups.
- Although there are no studies directly linking breast cancer and stress, more exercise, better sleep and meditation can help to manage these feeling.
To find a physician specializing in breast cancer, call 914-849-MyMD (6963).
Tags: breast cancer - fact vs fiction
, breast cancer awareness month