Brush up on your knowledge of breast cancer for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and ace the breast cancer knowledge test! NationalBreastCancer.org defines breast cancer as a “disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the breast.
The Academy Award winning actress had a preventive double mastectomy done in February of 2013 after learning that she had an 87 percent risk of developing breast cancer due to a defective gene but kept it quiet for months before she came forward. Jolie’s mother also had and died from breast cancer. Ever since then the “Angelina Jolie Effect” has put genetic testing in the spotlight. According to a recent Canadian study, the number of women who got genetic testing for breast cancer went up drastically.
For years, undeclared bra studies make women wonder, "Is wearing a bra all day dangerous?" These rumors speculate how the compression can cause your lymph flow to be restricted if you are constantly wearing one. These lack-of-proof rumors supposedly say that the compression is how toxins build up in your breasts, but the truth is, no matter how long you wear a bra, the clothing isn’t the reason why women develop breast cancer.
Katherine Puckett, a National Director of Mind-Body Medicine and a PhD, shares the importance of keeping a gratitude journal when battling cancer. These are tips to stay positive about cancer treatment and the healing process.
One evening, in the car ride home from a dinner out, I asked her about her experiences and this is what she had to say.
She was first diagnosed with breast cancer about 20 years ago. She went in for her routine mammogram and the doctors found a lump in her breast. Prior to that, she had had two cysts detected during routine mammograms so she assumed it was just another one.