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Breast Cancer: Myths vs. Facts

Breast Cancer: Myths vs. Facts

With all the information available about breast cancer, sometimes it’s hard to distinguish fact from fiction.

For instance, a common myth is that most breast cancers run in families. The truth is, only five to 10 percent of breast cancers are thought to be hereditary, which means they’re caused by abnormal genes passed from parent to child.

Another myth: there’s nothing you can do to lower your risk of developing breast cancer. In fact, lifestyle and environmental factors can play a big role in breast cancer risk, so maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly and limiting the alcohol in your diet is key.

Find out how to separate breast cancer fact and fiction Tuesday, June 5, 6:30 p.m., as Dr. Jennifer Tseng, a breast and general surgeon on staff at the Silver Cross Breast Center, addresses the most common questions and myths about breast cancer in her free program, Breast Cancer Myths. The program will be held in the hospital’s Conference Center, located in Pavilion A.

Dr. Tseng has brought her unique expertise and treatment philosophy to care for area cancer patients and their families at the Silver Cross Breast Center, located just steps away from the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross  on the hospital’s New Lenox campus.

About the Breast Center

In the Silver Cross Breast Center, patients can see a highly skilled surgeon for diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer and other abnormalities. The Breast Center is located inside the Center for Women’s Health for smooth continuity of care and convenient access to pre and post-surgical services. 

Dr. Tseng, along with a team of highly skilled surgeons in the Silver Cross Breast Center, have specialized training and expertise to quickly diagnose disease, explain the range of treatment options available, and help patients decide on a plan tailored to their needs and goals. This may include breast-conserving surgery, mastectomy, and breast reconstruction. These surgeons are trained to evaluate and manage patients with breast pain, benign lumps and cysts and abnormal mammograms, in addition to breast cancer.

If it’s determined that surgery is the best option, the procedure will be performed in one of the Silver Cross’ state-of-the-art operating suites followed by a short stay in a spacious, private patient room; although some patients may go home the same day.  If chemotherapy or radiation therapy is recommended, the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross is nearby to the Breast Center offering the latest clinical trialsgenetic testing and counseling and advanced techniques including Prone Breast Radiation Therapy.

To register for Dr. Tseng’s June 5 program, Breast Cancer Myths, click here.

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