What I wish I knew about breast cancer
I've had a number of friends who have experienced breast cancer but none who are physicians. When I got it, I told everybody how it felt (whether they asked or not). It wasn't because I was bitter or even venting. It was because I wanted the people closest to me to take this disease seriously. I truly don't believe that we were taught enough about it in medical school, yet it takes 40,000 lives annually in the United States. Please see the website of the National Cancer Institute for more statistics. To me, these numbers are unacceptable.Women should be made aware of the limited utility of mammograms for dense breasts and, often, for TNBC.
In addition, I believe that every woman should have the right to view her mammograms with comparisons to prior studies. She should also have her risks formally evaluated with the option for better screening or, even, prophylactic mastectomies.