10 Facts About Breast Cancer

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Gwinnett Medical Center has been encouraging women to get their annual mammograms. According to the American Cancer Society, women 40 or over should have a mammogram every year. Mammograms are effective, detecting 90% of all breast cancers. There are many misconceptions about mammograms and breast cancer, so learn the facts so you can make an informed decision about your care. 

  1. Mammograms are often fully covered by insurance, without deductibles, co-insurance or copayments. Check with your insurance to get the details for your plan. Mammograms can be scheduled TODAY at one of GMC’s convenient locations in Lawrenceville, Duluth or Hamilton Mill by calling 678-392-3639.
  2. The American Cancer Society recommends you schedule your mammogram one week after your period, when your breasts are least tender.
  3. Neither the active ingredient in antiperspirants nor a reduction in underarm perspiration has been shown to affect breast cancer risk.
  4. Lifestyle changes, medication and, in cases of very high risk, a preemptive mastectomy can help reduce your risk for breast cancer. If you think you’re at high risk for breast cancer, GMC offers hereditary cancer risk assessments.
    Call 678-312-3235 for more.
  5. 70% of women diagnosed each year have no signs of breast cancer in their family history.
  6. Your risk for breast cancer is doubled if you have a parent or sibling with the disease. It is 5x the average if you have 2 family members who have had breast cancer.
  7. Contrary to popular folk lore, breast implants, wearing antiperspirant or consuming caffeine CANNOT increase your risk for breast cancer.
  8. The chance of dying from breast cancer is about 1 in 36. This rate has been going down, probably the result of finding the cancer earlier and better treatment.
  9. Caucasian women have a higher incidence of breast cancer than African Americans after age 45; African Americans have a higher rate before age 45 and are more likely to die from breast cancer at every age.
  10. Radiation exposure from mammograms today is extremely low, and studies show no link between radiation received during mammograms and increased breast cancer risk.


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