For all you read about breast cancer, how much do you really know?
Jackie Brown, a Beaufort Memorial breast nurse navigator, shares four lesser-known facts.
1. Eighty percent of breast abnormalities found on mammograms are not cancerous.
“But if you feel a lump or notice a change in your breasts, go to your doctor for a breast exam,” Brown says.
2. Lumpectomies are safe alternatives to mastectomies.
“In most cases, you can preserve the breast,” Brown says. “But we’re seeing patients who elect to have a mastectomy instead of dealing with the fear of recurrence or because they don’t want to have the radiation that’s required after a lumpectomy.”
3. You can lower your risk for, but not prevent, breast cancer.
Reduce body fat, exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet low in fat with lots of fruits and veggies and limit alcohol to three to four drinks a week.
4. Mammograms aren’t your only safeguard.
Even if you recently received reassuring screening results, you should have a clinical breast exam by a physician annually starting at age 40.
To schedule an appointment for a mammogram, contact our Breast Health Center at 843-522-5015.