Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

While many Women believe they are knowledgeable about Breast Cancer according to Kaiser Network many have inaccurate information.

According to a survey, many Women still believe that Breast Cancer cases are caused by genetics while only 5-10% of the cases are actually genetic. In addition 66% of Women believe that Breast Cancer can be prevented and while a Woman's risk to the disease may be reduced by avoiding alcohol or taking hormone replacement therapy it can not be eliminated. The survey also found that 70% of Women believe that by eating fruits and vegetables Beast Cancer can be eliminated, there however is little evidence to support this theory.

40% of Women believe that self examinations are the best way to detect Cancer but self exams often times lead to anxiety and unnecessary biopsies and do not prevent Breast Cancer deaths. Mammograms are the best way to reduce the risk of dying from Breast Cancer and a yearly examination is recommended.