Just as 1 in 8 couples will experience infertility, 1 in 8 women will face a breast cancer diagnosis. During October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the physicians at Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates want to make sure our patients can tell fact from fiction when it comes to breast cancer education. Having the right information can help you protect your health and fertility.
Debunking 4 Well-Known Breast Cancer Myths
Test your knowledge about breast cancer as you read through the following fallacies that many people often believe are true:
Myth: Only women with a family history are at risk for breast cancer.
Fact: In about 70 percent of cases, the patients have no identifiable risk factors for breast cancer. Family risk factors, though, are real. If a parent or sibling has the disease, your chances do increase, so talk with your physician about your family health history.
Myth: Most lumps are cancerous.
Fact: Actually, benign changes, cysts and other conditions account for 80 percent of the lumps in women’s breasts. If you discover a lump, however, you should mention it to your doctor right away so that he or she can further investigate the cause.
Myth: Breast implants make it more likely that I will develop breast cancer.
Fact: According to research studies, women with implants aren’t at any greater risk for the disease than other women. A standard mammogram may not reveal some tumors, so talk with your doctor about the best protocol for routine screenings.
Myth: I can’t have children after breast cancer treatment.
Fact: While many of the effective therapies can compromise your ability to conceive, your fertility specialist will work with your oncologist to set up a fertility preservation plan so that you have options once you finish treatment. Depending on the type of breast cancer, egg freezing and embryo cryopreservation, or even gestational surrogacy, may allow you to move forward with your parenting dreams when the time is right.
The doctors and staff at Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility are not only dedicated to your fertility health, but your overall well-being. During Breast Cancer Awareness month, we want to support our patients and provide valuable information about breast cancer. Contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of the caring physicians at Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates.