Cancer that develops in the breast tissues is known as breast cancer. This cancer affects male as well as females, but it is not very common in men. Every year, many new cases of the cancer come forward. In the year 2014, 232,670 women in the United States suffered from breast cancer and 40,000 died.
There are many breast cancer awareness programs that are dedicated to teach the women about this disease. But it turned out that even the women with the cancer are not very much aware about their condition.
Recently, a study was published which showed that women with breast cancer are unaware of the type of tumor they have. Researchers of this study said that knowing the tumor is not related to worse outcomes but knowingness can help in understanding the condition better and also it is beneficial in taking medications. It builds the trust of the patient in the treatment.
In this study, 500 women from northern California were questioned about their breast cancers. They were diagnosed with the disease in 2010 and 2011. These women were asked about the stage and growth of tumor. They were also interviewed whether they know about human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 or that cancer fed off estrogen hormone.
Among these women, 32 percent to 82 percent self reported that they knew what these things were which they were questioned about but only 20 percent to 58 percent woman answered correctly. It was found that Hispanic and black women knew less than white women about their cancers. Health literacy helped in understanding the disease afterwards.
The study suggested that there is a critical need to improve the education of the patients related to cancer. A patient must know why any treatment is necessary and what decision is right to make. The authors of the study stated that knowing the disease and the treatment increases the patient’s trust and satisfaction in the methods used.
What Are The Methods To Get Informed?
For any person with the medical knowledge, it is not hard to know all of the terminologies related to the cancer. If you don’t have the medical background, then you must ask questions to your doctor about the disease. You can attend seminars and other health awareness programs. There are written publications that are specially made for the common man to understand the medical condition – reading them can provide you many benefits.
Getting knowledge about the cancer will only help you. Knowing what is happening inside your own body is always beneficial. Not for cancer only, but if you have any disease, you must learn how it affects your body and what are your treatment options. If you already have a better knowledge about any condition than telling what you know to others is your job. With this poor condition of the cancer knowledge in the women, health care workers must also devise a way for easy understanding so that everyone can know what is happening and what their better options are.
- WileyCDA, PressRelease, pressReleaseId-115362
- Cancer Topics, Breast Cancer