Breast cancer is the most prevalent type of cancer among American women after skin cancer. Unfortunately, this disease causes 112 deaths every day in the United States. Luckily, survival rates keep getting better as more and more women receive early diagnoses.
Discover ten facts about breast cancer you may not have known until now.
10. First Operation
The first operation to use anesthesia was a breast cancer operation when the patient inhaled sulpheric ether to fall asleep, according to Random Facts.
9. Left Versus Right Breast
Statistically, women develop cancer more often in the left breast than in the right breast. Medical researchers do not yet know why this is true.
A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition posited that women who take multivitamins have a higher risk for breast cancer. However, an assessment of 26 studies concerning multivitamin use found that, while there is an association, there is no clear answer as to whether multivitamins help increase or decrease breast cancer risk. Anyone with breast cancer should consult with a doctor before making any dietary changes whatsoever.
7. Survival Rate
The breast cancer survival rate continues to increase, says Fitness. Doctors attribute this good news to more women who do self-care exams at home, leading to earlier detection.
6. Boob Pillows
Nurses often distribute boob pillows to place under your breast during a lumpectomy. This type of pillow alleviates the pressure on your breast during the procedure, according to Newtown Patch staff writer Wendy Ann Mitchell.
5. Celebrities With Breast Cancer
Notable celebrities diagnosed with breast cancer include Sheryl Crow, Kylie Minogue and Christina Applegate. Historical women who had this disease include Mary Washington, mother of George Washington, and Empress Theodora, wife of Roman Emperor Justinian.
Some research shows that pomegranates could help prevent breast cancer due to ellagitannins. These chemicals in pomegranates block estrogen production. Too much estrogen may play a role in developing some types of breast cancer.
2. Male Breast Cancer
Although not well known and much less common than breast cancer in women, men can also find themselves battling the disease. Men of senior citizen age can find themselves with lumps caused by inherited genetics, excessive estrogen, radiation, or other causes, according to Everyday Health. Survival rates are on par with women.
1. Chemo Brain
Chemo brain occurs when the chemotherapy drugs cause mental cloudiness before, during and after administration of the drugs. Some chemo affects the way the brain works, which leads to this “mental fog.”
The Breast Cancer Site is a place where supporters and survivors come together to help fight breast cancer. In addition to sharing personal stories of hope, shopping for the cause, and signing petitions, visitors can take just a moment each day to click on a pink button to provide free mammograms for women in need. Visit The Breast Cancer Site and click today - it's free!