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Did you miss our posts from 2018 Breast Cancer Awareness Month?
Don't worry. We posted them all here for you.

Surprising #BreastCancer Fact 1 of 31: Your personal risk may be elevated if more than one relative was diagnosed when she was postmenopausal or if a relative had breast cancer at age 50 or younger. More info:


Surprising #BreastCancer Fact 2 of 31: The most common type of invasive breast cancer in young women is invasive ductal carcinoma, which is also the most common breast cancer in all women and men. More info:


Surprising #BreastCancer Fact 3 of 31: Pregnancy-associated breast cancer has an incidence of about 1 in 3,000 pregnancies and is the second most common malignancy seen in pregnant women after cancer of the cervix. More info:


Surprising #BreastCancer Fact 4 of 31: Obese women have shown a 30% higher risk of recurrence and a 50% higher risk of dying from breast cancer in studies performed by the National Cancer Institute. More info:


Surprising #BreastCancer Fact 5 of 31: Many older patients who have breast cancer are not symptomatic from their breast cancer. More info about the elderly and breast cancer:


Surprising #BreastCancer Fact 6 of 31: You can ask your surgeon for a copy of your surgical pathology report to keep for your personal medical records. See what is often included in the report:


Surprising #BreastCancer Fact 7 of 31: Not all fats are bad. Omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties that promote the health of many body systems, including the breast. More #nutrition facts and myths:


Surprising #BreastCancer Fact 8 of 31: Most patients will meet many specialists as they decide on treatment. If you’re not comfortable with your treatment recommendations or providers, you can ask for a 2nd opinion.  


Surprising #BreastCancer Fact 9 of 31: Klinefelter Syndrome, chronic liver disease, gallstones, Gynecomastia, and testicular diseases are factors that make men prone to breast cancer. More about male breast cancer:


Surprising #BreastCancer Fact 10 of 31: Ductal Carcinoma In-Situ (DCIS) is not the same for each patient. More myths and facts about DCIS:


Surprising #BreastCancer Fact 11 of 31: You may not always have to choose mastectomy. For some patients a lumpectomy may remove the breast cancer and a rim of healthy tissue. More:


Surprising #BreastCancer Fact 12 of 31: There are actually several different types of #mastectomy: radical, modified radical, total, skin-sparing, and nipple. More about these options:


Surprising #BreastCancer Fact 13 of 31: Compared to other types of mastectomy, nipple-sparing mastectomy has a higher complication rate. Some guidance on when or when not you may be a candidate:


Surprising #BreastCancer Fact 14 of 31: Placement of a tissue expander can allow the patient to choose the size of her permanent implants. More about this #BreastReconstruction option:


Surprising #BreastCancer Fact 15 of 31: Surgery of the affected breast may be an option for patients with #MetastaticBreastCancer (#MBC). More related facts and myths:


Surprising #BreastCancer Fact 16 of 31: Intimacy is possible after breast cancer. Here are some considerations for you and your partner:


Surprising #BreastCancer Fact 17 of 31: Accelerated partial breast radiation (APBI), or #brachytherapy, may be an effective way to give radiation therapy safely. See considerations:


Surprising #BreastCancer Fact 18 of 31: #ClinicalTrials test the effectiveness and side effects of surgical procedures, not only new medicines and medical devices. More about clinical trials:


Surprising #BreastCancer Fact 19 of 31: If you have breast cancer but no insurance, you may be able to negotiate a deal or access assistance programs. More:


Surprising #BreastCancer Fact 20 of 31: Maintaining healthy weight can decrease both your risk of breast cancer coming back and risk of #lymphedema. More about lymphedema:


Surprising #BreastCancer Fact 21 of 31: Insurance companies and #Medicare may cover post-#mastectomy bras and prostheses with a doctor’s prescription. More options:


Surprising #BreastCancer Fact 22 of 31: Reducing risk of recurrence of #cancer is a life-long commitment. It matters how you follow up post treatment. More:


Surprising #BreastCancer Fact 23 of 31: Acupuncture may decrease side effects caused by cancer or cancer therapy, although your hematologist/oncologist should be consulted first. More considerations:


Surprising #BreastCancer Fact 24 of 31: When comparing women with extremely #DenseBreasts to women with fatty replaced breasts, risk of developing breast cancer with dense breasts is increased by 4 to 6 times.


Surprising #BreastCancer Fact 25 of 31: a breast #MRI will not replace your #mammogram. Considerations:


Surprising #BreastCancer Fact 26 of 31: If you test positive for a genetic mutation, there are things that you can do to reduce your risk of developing cancer. Considerations:


Surprising #BreastCancer Fact 27 of 31: Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (#IORT) may be combined with traditional whole-breast radiation therapy for women at greater risk of local recurrence. Considerations:


Surprising #BreastCancer Fact 28 of 31: Fear of recurrence (FOR) is real. Here are a few ways you can deal with it:


Surprising #BreastCancer Fact 29 of 31: Ovarian cancer may increase breast cancer risk.


Surprising #BreastCancer Fact 30 of 31: Although rare, men can get breast cancer; genetic consultation becomes more important when men in the family have breast cancer. 


Surprising #BreastCancer Fact 31 of 31: Targeted drug therapies, similar to chemotherapy and hormone therapy, can be given before surgery, after surgery, or to treat recurrences or metastases to other organs. More:

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