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 17
2. Myths: Women with small breast have a lower chance of getting breast cancerSource:Getty 2 of 17
3. Myth: Breast implants can raise the risk of getting breast cancer3 of 17
4. Myth: Every women has a 1-in-8 chance of getting breast cancerSource:Getty 4 of 17
5. Myth: If you're at risk of getting breast cancer there isn't much you can do.Source:Getty 5 of 17
6. Myth: Wearing antiperspirant can increase the risk of breast cancer.6 of 17
7. Myth: You can't get cancer after a mastectomy7 of 17
8. Myth: Your father's family history of breast cancer doesn't affect you as much as your mothers.8 of 17
9. Myth: Getting annual mammograms exposes you to radiation that can cause breast cancer.Source:Jupiterimages/Getty Images 9 of 17
10. Myths: Needle biopsies can disturb cancer cells and cause them to spread to other parts of the body.10 of 17
11. Myth: Breast cancer is the, second leading cause of death in the nation after heart disease.Source:Getty 11 of 17
12. Myth: If your mammography report is negative, there is nothing to worry about.12 of 17
13. Myth: Hair straighteners can cause cancer in African American womenSource:Getty Images 13 of 17
14. Myth: Fertility treatments increase the risk of getting breast cancer.Source:Getty 14 of 17
15. Myth: Living near power lines can cause breast cancer.15 of 17
16. Myth: Having an abortion increases the risk of breast cancer.Source:Getty 16 of 17
17. Myth: Breast cancer is preventableSource:Getty 17 of 17
Chris-Tia Donaldson: ‘Breast Cancer Does Not Have To Be A Death Sentence’ was originally published on blackamericaweb.com