5 important breast cancer questions and their answers
To get answers to 5 important questions about breast cancer, continue reading. We will address the likely causes of this cancer and give some details about treatment.
Q: Can this cancer be caused by eating particular foods?
A: Several studies analyzing the link between foods and this cancer have been conducted. However, a connection between it and foods has not been found to date. A few studies have suggested a possible tie between fat and this cancer. But additional research is needed. In general, however, the best practice is to eat a nutritious diet rich in lean proteins, fibrous fruits and vegetables, and whole grains. Most importantly, please talk to your healthcare provider before starting any diet.
Q: Are antiperspirants a cause of this cancer?
A: Antiperspirants do not appear to be a cause of breast cancer. Rumors have spread asserting that the body needs to purge toxins by sweating through the armpits and that if an antiperspirant is applied, the body will reserve those toxins in the lymph nodes below the arm, causing this cancer. These claims are false. The body does not discharge toxins through underarm sweat. Sweat in the underarm area consists of 99.9% water, sodium, potassium, and magnesium.
Q: Will cancer in the breast spread after surgery to remove a breast?
A: Cancer in the breast is said to have metastasized when it spreads. It is unknown why it metastasizes. But there is no connection between the surgical removal of a breast and the spread of this cancer.
Metastatic breast cancer is the most advanced stage of breast cancer. There are different treatment choices obtainable for women with this condition. Chemotherapy, endocrine therapy, and targeted therapy are some of the treatment options.
Q: Does only post-menopausal women suffer from the disease?
A: No, women of all ages can develop this cancer. However, the risk of developing this cancer does increase as a woman ages. This makes it important for all women 40 and older to have a yearly mammogram. The American Cancer Society suggests that breast self-exams are optional for women over 20, but recommends that women be familiar with how their breasts look and feel normally. Women should report any new changes to their healthcare provider. Early detection is important for survival.
Q: Can I get this cancer if it doesn’t run in my family?
A: A family history of breast cancer does increase risk; however, more than 80% of women diagnosed with this cancer do not have identifiable risk factors for this cancer, like family history.