Fort Worth, Texas (PRWEB) November 01, 2011
In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders released a free quiz that provides insight on how to prevent the disease that impacts one in eight women. Robyn Young, MD, who is the director of the Breast Cancer Center for Excellence at The Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders developed the 17 question online quiz to share the facts on cancer prevention. Additionally, The Center is partnering with the Susan G. Komen Foundation to make multiple breast cancer prevention presentations throughout North Texas.
The quiz reveals details on hormone replacement therapy and genetic testing. "Most women don't know that hormone replacement therapy increases a woman's chances of getting breast cancer by 26 percent. Additionally, women may want to seek out genetic testing. The BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes increase a woman's chances of getting breast cancer by 60 percent," Young, a board certified medical oncologist, said. She suggests those who test positive for the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes consider certain drugs that prevent breast cancer from developing in high risk individuals.
Tammy Mask, an employee at The Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders, has seen the impact of breast cancer both professionally and personally. When doctors told Mask she had a 42 percent chance of getting breast cancer, she took drastic measures to reduce her risk. "I see women dealing with the affects of breast cancer everyday, and then my mother began her fight with breast cancer. A double mastectomy reduced my risk to less than five percent, and gave me peace of mind," Mask explained.
Though Mask's case is extreme, The Center wants women to know they have options, and the sooner they begin reducing their risk - the healthier they'll be. Women can download the quiz at http://www.thecentertx.com
The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders provides nationally recognized cancer treatment focused on healing a patient’s entire life—physical, emotional, and spiritual. Eighteen cancer specialists offer convenient medical oncology and radiation oncology services to more than 6,000 patients annually. The Center’s locations include: Fort Worth – Central Campus, Fort Worth - Southwest, Fort Worth – Artim Building, Weatherford, Burleson, Cleburne, Granbury, Arlington, Mineral Wells, and Stephenville.