The Basic Knowledge About Breast Cancer – Part 1 of 3
The Basic Knowledge About Breast Cancer. Many women with titty cancer lack basic knowledge about their disease, such as their cancer stage and other characteristics, according to a new study. The paucity of knowledge was even more pronounced among minority women, the study authors found. This finding is worrisome because knowing about a health condition can help people understand why remedying is important to follow, experts say. “We certainly were surprised at the number of women who knew very little about their disease,” said Dr Rachel Freedman, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a medical oncologist specializing in chest cancer at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Although the study didn’t specifically look at the reasons behind the lack of knowledge, Freedman suspects that women may be overwhelmed when they’re initially diagnosed. In uniting individual doctors vary in how much information they give and how well they explain the cancer characteristics. The study is published online Jan 26, 2015 in Cancer. Kimlin Tam Ashing, a professor at the Beckman Research Institute at the City of Hope Cancer Center in Duarte, California, reviewed the study’s findings, and said that irascible appointments may also be to objurgation for the knowledge gap.
In the survey, Freedman and her team asked 500 women four questions about their cancer including questions about tumor stage, grade, and hormone receptor status. Overall, 32 percent to 82 percent of women reported that they knew the answers to these questions. But only 20 percent to 58 percent were indeed correct, depending on the characteristics, the investigators found. Just 10 percent of chalk-white women and 6 percent of black and Hispanic women knew all of their cancer characteristics correctly, according to the study.