It is largely believed that Black women have a grater risk of dying from breast cancer. Founder of Thank God It’s Natural, Chris-Tia Donaldson says that’s not exactly true.
According to Donaldson, it has a lot to do with socioeconomic situations. In more racially segregated areas there is greater risk for Black women.
She herself is a breast cancer survivor. She was diagnosed at 36, and says she was “shocked and in disbelief.” A few months before her diagnosis she found a lump in her chest but and ignored it until a friend urged her to get it checked out.
Donaldson has been cancer free for two years and says, “breast cancer does not have to be a death sentence.”
Like many other diseases and illnesses, early detection is key to survival. Which is why Thank God It’s Natural, is a sponsor of Take A Loved One to the Doctor Day.
20 Breast Cancer Myths
1. Myth: Exposing a tumor to air during surgery causes cancer to spread1 of 20
2. Myths: Women with small breast have a lower chance of getting breast cancerSource:Getty 2 of 20
3. Myth: Breast implants can raise the risk of getting breast cancer3 of 20
4. Myth: Every women has a 1-in-8 chance of getting breast cancerSource:Getty 4 of 20
5. Myth: If you're at risk of getting breast cancer there isn't much you can do.Source:Getty 5 of 20
6. Myth: Wearing antiperspirant can increase the risk of breast cancer.6 of 20
7. Myth: You can't get cancer after a mastectomy7 of 20
8. Myth: Your father's family history of breast cancer doesn't affect you as much as your mothers.8 of 20
9. Myth: Caffeine causes breast cancer9 of 20
10. Myth: Getting annual mammograms exposes you to radiation that can cause breast cancer.Source:Jupiterimages/Getty Images 10 of 20
11. Myths: Needle biopsies can disturb cancer cells and cause them to spread to other parts of the body.11 of 20
12. Myth: Breast cancer is the, second leading cause of death in the nation after heart disease.Source:Getty 12 of 20
13. Myth: If your mammography report is negative, there is nothing to worry about.13 of 20
14. Myth: Women with a family history of breast cancer are the only ones at risk of getting the disease.14 of 20
15. Myth: Hair straighteners can cause cancer in African American womenSource:Getty Images 15 of 20
16. Myth: Overweight women face the same risk of breast cancer as other women.16 of 20
17. Myth: Fertility treatments increase the risk of getting breast cancer.Source:Getty 17 of 20
18. Myth: Living near power lines can cause breast cancer.18 of 20
19. Myth: Having an abortion increases the risk of breast cancer.Source:Getty 19 of 20
20. Myth: Breast cancer is preventableSource:Getty 20 of 20
Chris-Tia Donaldson: ‘Breast Cancer Does Not Have To Be A Death Sentence’ was originally published on blackamericaweb.com