Health magazine, along with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), did a survey of readers and OB-GYNs.
They wanted to find out exactly how much people knew about breast cancer, and the results are shocking.
Many women have some serious misconceptions about the disease!
Surprise finding #1: 63% of women think family history is the biggest breast cancer risk factor.
What you should know: The vast majority of women with breast cancer have no family history.
Surprise finding #2: 40% of women say breast cancer is the cancer they worry about most.
What you should know: Breast cancer is very treatable when caught early.
Surprise finding #3: 39% of women say the most important way to catch breast cancer early is by doing a formal monthly breast self-exam (BSE). In other words, you think it is more crucial than mammograms.
What you should know: Mammograms are most important, 73% of docs say.
Surprise finding #4: 4% of women say weight has the "biggest effect" on breast cancer risk.
What you should know: Being heavy increases your risk a whole lot — by as much as 40%.
Wow! We had no idea!
Hopefully if you didn't know before, you know now!
Knowledge is the first step to prevention!
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