October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
09 Friday Oct 2015
For those of you who don’t know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is an annual event that takes place each fall to raise awareness of breast cancer and to encourage women to take the steps needed to detect this disease in its early stages. The team at Lula Lu supports this important month and encourages all women to conduct breast self-exams regularly and to schedule those important mammograms. Here are a few facts about breast cancer that women with small breasts should know.
Small Breasted Women Face the Same Risk as Large Breasted Women
There is a common misconception that small breasted women can’t get breast cancer or that they don’t get it often due to them not having as much breast tissue as large breasted women. The truth is however, that the amount of breast tissue a woman has doesn’t affect her risk of developing breast cancer. Breast cancer can affect women with small, medium and large breasts as well as those with breasts of varying shapes as this potentially deadly disease doesn’t discriminate.
Small Breasted Women Do Have Enough Breast Tissue for Mammograms
Many women with small breasts worry that they don’t have enough breast tissue for mammograms. This simply isn’t true as mammography technologists routinely give mammograms to women with small breasts. A competent technologist is skilled at imaging all breast sizes and shapes.
Smaller Breasts Tend to Be More Dense Than Large Breasts
Even though many women think their breasts are dense because they’re firm, the fact is that breast density can only be seen on mammograms. A dense breast is one with extremely dense tissue and very little fat.
Women with dense breast tissue have a slightly higher risk of developing breast cancer than do to women with less dense breast tissue, even though it’s unclear why. It is more difficult for mammogram technologists to see breast cancer on dense breasts because dense breast tissue looks white on the image as do tumors. But this shouldn’t stop women with dense breasts from getting mammograms as these important diagnostic tests save a countless number of lives each year.
Create a Plan to Defeat Breast Cancer
It is estimated that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. The good news is that when breast cancer is detected early and is in the localized stage, the five-year survival rate is 100%. The National Breast Cancer Foundation offers women the opportunity to create a Early Detection Plan wherein they are sent reminders to do breast self-exams and schedule clinical breast exams and mammograms based on their age and health history. To make your plan, simply visit earlydetectionplan.org.