MYTH 1: You have to have a family history of breast cancer to be at risk
The truth is, most women with breast cancer don’t have a family history of the disease. Only about 13 percent of women diagnosed have a first-degree female relative (mother, sister or daughter) with breast cancer. Having said this…
A woman who has a first-degree female relative with breast cancer has almost twice the risk of a woman without this family history. If she has more than 1 first-degree female relative with a history of breast cancer, her risk is about 3-4 times higher.
Regardless of your beliefs or fears, please do your breast exams and get your mammograms.
If you’d like to learn more about breast cancer and your risks you can go to the Susan G. Komen.
Last week, I posted an article on the 5 Things You Should Never Say To Someone With #Cancer. Martina McBride’s song “I’m Gonna Love You Through It” speaks volumes. The following are a combination of phrases that will help you say the right thing.
- I am sorry. Three words in the English language that says it all.
- What can I do? My three favorite words in any crisis.
- I don’t know what to say. There’s nothing wrong with being honest as long as it’s not hurtful or injecting fear. Once the shock wears off you can always go back and say what you wish you could have at the time.
- I’m scared. The cancer fighter knows all about fear. It’s okay to share your fears together.
- You’re going to survive this. Everyone needs to believe this, and it helps if you do too. We all need hope.
- I’m gonna love you through it. When you say this, and you mean it, you’ll be there for your friend, mother, sister whatever. It’s the one thing that you could say that sums all of this up.