There are a lot of misconceptions out there about cancer, cancer cells, recurrence and remission of cancer. Below you’ll find some of these frequently asked questions debunked by John’s Hopkins Medicine :
1 – MYTH ONE: Eating soy after hormone receptor positive breast cancer augments the likelihood of a recurrence.
FACT: Soy research has been double-edged through the years since it has the capacity to mimic estrogens, as well as blocking other estrogens. In lieu of these facts, natural soy products such as milk, sprouts, and tofu seem safe to consume and provide significant health benefits, while replacing animal sources. However, heavy concentration dosages of soy such as powders, pills, and supplements should be avoided by people diagnosed with hormonal receptive breast cancer.
2 – MYTH TWO: My deodorant gave me breast cancer!
FACT: No evidence has ever appeared to prove this!
3 – MYTH THREE: If I’ve had a mastectomy, I can’t have a recurrence.
FACT: A bilateral mastectomy reduces breast cancer recurrence drastically since most of your breast tissue has been removed. But, there is a tiny chance the breast tissue or cancer cells can reappear on the chest wall. See your doctor on a timely basis, continue self-checking and report any changes to your doctor.
4 – MYTH FOUR: Eventually, I won’t need to be having mammograms.
FACT: Unless you have had a bilateral mastectomy, yearly mammograms are still strongly recommended to control and prevent recurrence.
5 – MYTH FIVE: I should eat a natural, organic diet to diminish my odds of a recurrence.
FACT: There’s no linkage between non-organic foods and breast cancer. Nevertheless, a balanced diet of fresh fruits and vegetables is always good for your overall health.
6 – MYTH SIX: Bone pain in my hips and knees must mean that my breast cancer has spread.
FACT: A very common side effect of aromatase inhibitors is bone pain, as well as feeling stiffness in the joints. If this pain continues or gets worse, the best course of action is speaking to your oncologist.
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