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Nurses at Guthrie Bust Breast Cancer Myths

Breast Cancer Awareness

“Keeping your weight appropriate, not smoking, reducing your alcohol intake,” Guthrie Clinic Nurse Practitioner, Shelli Ripic said.

There are some things you can do to reduce your risk of breast cancer, but other things you’ve been doing, like not using deodorant, may not be helping your cause. 

“The National Cancer institute can find no conclusive evidence that deodorants or under arm antiperspirants have anything to do with breast cancer,” R.N. Mammacare Specialist, Mabel English said.

Getting your annual breast exam won’t actually keep cancer away either.       

“What it does is it will find breast cancer’s when they’re at a very early stage an that’s really when you want to find the breast cancer because that’s when it’s the most treatable,” R.N. Nurse Navigator, Barbara Festa said.

Registered nurses at Guthrie say many of you are worried that when you do get that breast exam, the radiation from the mammogram could be just as dangerous as the cancer its detecting.

“A women probably gets the same amount of radiation in a 7 week period from just the normal things she does outside,” English said.

The newer mammography machines give out much less radiation than the older machines. Probably one of the biggest myths of all: breast cancer is hereditary. Less than 10 percent of women with breast cancer have a hereditary factor.

“Women say all the time ‘there’s no breast cancer in my family so I don’t have to worry about it.’ And in reality, most breast cancer’s are sporadic. Anyone can get breast cancer,” Festa said.


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