According to the Philippine Information Agency, breast cancer is currently the most prevalent form of cancer in the Philippines and the one with the highest rate of death for Filipino women--two things that make educating the public about breast cancer even more urgent. In celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Good Housekeeping Philippines includes a detailed primer on breast cancer in their October 2011 issue, which contains important information from prevention to treatment.
Do you have questions about breast cancer that you're too worried to ask your doctor, FNites? Good Housekeeping answers some of them in the article. Here's a preview of what information you'll find in their feature.
1. WHAT TESTS WILL THEY PERFORM ON YOU AT A BREAST CLINIC?
Good Housekeeping says the typical testing involves a physical exam and a mammogram. They also conduct a biopsy afterward, which involves examining a breast tissue sample to check for cancer cells.
2. WHAT TYPES OF BREAST CANCER COULD YOU HAVE?
Good Housekeeping identifies these types of breast cancer: non-invasive, in which the cancer remains in certain parts of the breast; invasive, in which it can spread further into the breast and even to other parts of the body; and rarer forms that have complications like Paget's disease.
3. WHEN DO YOU NEED TO HAVE A MASTECTOMY?
Good Housekeeping reveals breast removal is needed if you have a large tumor or if you have several. It's still possible to get a lumpectomy, instead, if chemotherapy makes the tumor smaller.
To read the rest of the feature--including more Q&As and ways to prevent cancer--grab a copy of Good Housekeeping's October 2011 issue, out on stands now!
Also in this issue:
- Martyr Ka Ba? How to Stop Being a Doormat
- All About Kids
- Please Pass the Veggies: Vegetable-Filled Dishes Your Kids Will Love
Want to read more stories about cancer? Check these out on FN:
- Tetta Ortiz-Matera: Model, Writer, and Breast Cancer Advocate
- 10 Tips for Helping a Loved One Diagnosed with Cancer
- What Every Woman Should Know about Ovarian Cancer
- Cervical Cancer Tally Still High in the Philippines
- Hot GirlTalk Topic: What Every Woman Should Know about Cervical Cancer
- What Every Woman Should Know about Heart Disease, Diabetes, Osteoporosis, and 4 Other Health Concerns
- What Every Woman Should Know about Breast Cancer
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