Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Since it is the first day of October, this is the start of Breast Cancer Awareness month. If you're looking for a good resource of information, the American Cancer Society has a lot of good stuff. I encourage you to check it out.

I was also reading this article from the Chicago Tribune this morning which reviews a new survey stating that there is still a lot of misunderstanding out there as far as the facts about breast cancer.

One "stunning" example, she said, is that people still believe heredity is the cause of most breast cancer cases, although in reality only 5 percent to 10 percent of breast cancer is caused by genetic mutations that can be inherited.

The survey, being released Monday, the first day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, also found that 7 out of 10 women believe eating enough fruits and vegetables can help prevent breast cancer. In reality, there's no good evidence that this is true.

Most women (and nearly two-thirds of those age 18 to 24) believe breast cancer can be prevented. In reality, there are only a few things women can do to reduce, but not eliminate, the risk of developing the disease, such as not drinking alcohol and not taking hormones. The biggest risk factors are being female and getting older.

Unfortunately, the end of this article is a political commercial for a website. They also state that they are going to make this an issue in the US presidential election. So, again, the press taking advantage of cancer patients to push their political agenda. It's really unfortunately and frustrating how these people make pawns of cancer patients for their own political purposes.