7 Common Breast Cancer Misconceptions

7 Common Breast Cancer Misconceptions

Breast cancer is a serious threat to individuals. According to the American Cancer Society, it’s the most common cancer in the U.S. among women — 12 percent of women will develop it during their life. There are some common misconceptions about breast cancer. Read on to learn of them.

Myth #1 – If you have a lump, you have cancer.

The National Breast Cancer Foundation notes on its website that “Only a small percentage of breast lumps turn out to be cancer.” It’s important to monitor the lump for changes and to book a breast exam if it does not go away on its own. Your doctor will order scans to find out the nature of the lump if they have any concerns.

Myth #2 – It is highly hereditary.

According to Breastcancer.org, about five to 10 percent of breast cancer cases are believed to be hereditary. But the National Breast Cancer Foundation says that if you have an immediate member of your family — like your mom — who has developed breast cancer under the age of 50, you should probably get regular screenings.

Myth #3 – Antiperspirants and deodorants cause breast cancer.

The National Cancer Institute says that its researchers haven’t come across any conclusive evidence that proves a link between deodorant/antiperspirant use and breast cancer.

Myth #4 – Only women are affected by breast cancer.

Breast cancer mainly affects women, but not only. It affects over 2,000 men in the U.S. each year and kills more than 400. Men who develop breast cancer typically find a hard lump under the areola and nipple. Because instances in men are lower, a lot of men delay diagnosis, which leads to higher mortality rates.

Myth #5 – Breast cancer risk can be increased by bra type.

There are many people who think that wearing a bra with underwire puts them at a greater risk for breast cancer. This is because the wire compresses the breast, stinting the lymphatic system and building up toxins as a result. But there is no proven correlation to getting breast cancer, no matter how tight your clothing or your type of bra.

Myth #6 – Breast implants significantly increase your risk.

According to the Mayo Clinic, there has been a possible link to breast cancer and implants, but the occurrence is very low and more research needs to be done to know the extent of the link.

Myth #7 – Breast size is directly related to your risk.

There is no concrete link between breast size and breast cancer risk, according to Health.com. But it might be more difficult to detect breast cancer if you have larger breasts with clinical breast exams and even advanced imagine. You should be screened regularly, no matter your cup size.

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