Breast Cancer Myths Debunked

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Misconceptions and incorrect information about breast cancer can cause women more anxiety than necessary. It is essential to differentiate between myths and facts so that we know how to prevent breast cancer and what to do if we are diagnosed with it. So let’s set the record straight and separate fact from fiction.

Myth

Breast cancer is contagious.

Fact

Breast cancer results from uncontrolled cell growth of mutated cells that begin to spread into other tissues within the breast.

 

Myth

If I don’t have a family history of breast cancer, I won’t get it.

Fact

Most people diagnosed with breast cancer have no known family history.

 

Myth

Finding a lump in your breast means you have breast cancer.

Fact

It cannot be transferred. So only a small percentage of breast lumps turn out to be cancer. But it should never be ignored; see a doctor.

 

Myth

Men cannot get breast cancer.

Fact

Although it’s not as common, men can develop breast cancer. This is because men have Breast tissues too.

 

Myth

Using an underarm antiperspirant can cause breast cancer.

Fact

There is no evidence of a connection between underarm antiperspirants and breast cancer, but the safety of antiperspirants is still being studied.

 

Myth

Wearing a bra can cause breast cancer.

Fact

There is no evidence that bras cause breast cancer.

 

Myth

Carrying your cell phone in your bra can cause breast cancer because of the radiation.

Fact

There is no evidence of a connection between cell phones and breast cancer, but the safety of cell phones is still being studied.

 

Myth

If you maintain a healthy weight, exercise regularly and eat healthily, you don’t have to worry about breast cancer.

Fact

Although these behaviours can help lower breast cancer risk, they can’t eliminate it.

 

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