CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – It is breast cancer awareness month but how well do you know your risks? The American Cancer Society created quiz to test your knowledge.
They address six common misconceptions about breast cancer. For example, did you know that 85% of women diagnosed with breast cancer, actually have no family history of the disease? Having a relative with breast cancer does increase your risk, but other factors such as age, being overweight, alcohol use and hormone therapy can also increase your risk.
Another misconception, is that having breast cancer in your family, means you’re sure to get it. Many times, cancer runs in families because they have similar lifestyle habits, habits you can control and change to lower your risk. If you do suspect an inherited gene mutation, talk to your doctor about genetic counseling.
To separate fact from fiction, Click Here to take the quiz, and learn what you can do to lower your risk of developing breast cancer.