Myths and lower vigilance
In Poland, the number of pregnant women diagnosed with cancer increases every year. Breast cancer, which is most common, is particularly difficult to diagnose as the symptoms associated with breast swelling of pregnant women are similar to those associated with breast cancer.
Experts report that 75 percent of cases of breast cancer are diagnosed only after delivery, which dramatically worsens the treatment results and life expectancy.
“Each pregnant woman refers to the myths pointing out their role in the lower oncological vigilance during the pregnancy and breastfeeding time,” explains Rak’n’Roll Foundation leader Marta Ozimek-Kędzior. “Alarming symptoms such as nodules, swelling, breast skin irritations are still associated with typical pregnancy symptoms, what lulls women into security.”
What’s more, according to research, nearly a quarter of pregnant women have never had an ultrasound examination, and every third woman surveyed (36%) admits she was afraid of getting back the results.