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10 Things You Should Know, But Don’t, About Breast Cancer

POSTED BY: Jennifer Roberts

Bring your questions about breast cancer!  Join us for a LIVE web chat with a Florida Hospital breast physician, Dr. Olga Ivanov on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at noon! 

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It’s October and many people are talking about breast cancer.  But with all the information that is circulating about mammograms, treatment options and fundraising for a cure, there are probably a few things you have not heard about when it comes to breast cancer.  Here is a list of 10 things you probably didn’t know about breast cancer but should, according to Dr. Olga Ivanov, medical director of the Comprehensive Breast Health Center at Florida Hospital Celebration Health.

  1. Secondhand smoke may increase your risk – A Mexican study of 500 women shows secondhand smoke increases breast cancer risk three times.
  2. African-American women are more likely to die from the disease – According to the American Cancer Society, African-American women under the age of 45 are more likely to be diagnosed and are more likely to die from it.  Experts are not sure why but these women should be vigilant about screenings.
  3. Most breast cancer develops without a family history- 1 of 8 women who are diagnosed with breast cancer do not have a family history of the disease.
  4. Your father’s genes can factor into your breast cancer risk - Check your father’s side of the family for breast cancer (not just your mom’s).  Genetics from both parents play a role when it comes to breast cancer.
  5. Your friends may be as powerful as anticancer drugs – Stress and anxiety from social isolation has the power to increase the size of tumor growth.
  6. Livening up your salad may provide cancer-zapping ingredients- Using watercress leaves in your salad (instead of mixed greens, romaine, etc) has shown to reduce tumor growth.
  7. Early detection and treatment equates to a 96% survival rate in most cases. – the earlier you find the cancer the more likely you are to beat it.  A great reason to get an annual mammogram!
  8. Don’t stress if you found a lump, 80% are benign.
  9. Fish oil can help reduce your risk – omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil can combat one of the most common types of breast cancer.
  10. Heavy-duty cleaning supplies can be harmful. –Clean house is good, but harsh chemical compounds could be bad for mammary glands.

If you are interested in learning more about breast cancer treatment options, contact Florida Breast Health Specialists at 407.303.4760.