Friday, December 15, 2017

Those breast cancer myths*

Breast cancer is easily the most well-known type of cancer, but do people really know specifics?
Jennifer Litton, associate professor of breast medical oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, said new treatment options have changed what a diagnosis of breast cancer means today. Here are a few myths—debunked: I don’t have a family history of breast cancer. So, I won’t get it.  This is one of the biggest myths Litton hears. Only about two out of ten people diagnosed with breast cancer have a family history, according to the American Cancer Society. “Just because you don’t have a family history, does not mean you are safe,” Litton said.

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