Cancer is a tricky situation because, although there are risk factors, many times it sneaks up on someone who has no family history, no traditional risk factor, and often is caught in late stages. At Family Practice Specialists, we believe that education is a key element in recognizing not only the risk factors for cancer, but the symptoms of cancer should you not fall into those risk factor categories. So today, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month here in Phoenix, we want to provide some insight into breast cancer risk factors as well as the symptoms that you’ll want to be aware of.
Simply the thought of getting a mammogram can be incredibly scary for so many women. So scary, in fact, that many women will avoid even the discussion of mammograms with their Phoenix doctor. Recent studies have shown that as many as 50% of insured women who should be getting mammograms are not getting them. At Family Practice Specialists, we understand this fear, and the many other reasons that are given for avoiding getting that very important screening. But, as family physicians who all have our own families, we do our very best to ease those fears. If you came into our offices today with a fear of mammograms, here’s what we’d say:
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and everywhere you look from the NFL to your local Phoenix physician, is turning pink to honor those who have passed, those who are survivors, and to remind everyone to educate themselves on the topic of breast cancer. At Family Practice Physicians, our Phoenix doctors want to take this opportunity to shed some light on breast cancer myths and truths.
If you’ve found a lump in your breast, it’s definitely going to be cancerous.
According to the American Cancer Society, most biopsy results for suspicious lumps, come back completely normal. Still, if you do find a lump in your breast, it’s imperative that you contact your Phoenix doctor for farther inspection. However, just because you find a lump does not ensure that you have breast cancer.